Living near the beach may come with an extra perk: better health!
A new study analyzed information from more than 48 million people in England and found that the nearer they lived to the coast, the more likely people were to report good health within the past year.
The results held even after the researchers took into account possible health factors such as age, sex, socioeconomic status, and whether they lived near parks or other green spaces.
In one experiment, at the University of Exeter’s European Centre for the Environment and Human Health, the study participants were shown photographs of ocean views, green fields or cities, and asked how much they were willing to pay for a hotel room with each of those views. People were willing to pay more for the room with an ocean view, the results showed.
If you don’t live on a coast, you can benefit from vacationing there!
University of Exeter Medical School