Did you know that boating promotes a healthy mind?
It's called the blue mind theory. Blue Mind, the brainchild of marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols, delves into the science behind our emotional connection to water. Nichol's research shows that the very sight and sound of water can trigger a medley of positive emotions within us. The gentle lapping of the tides, the shimmering dance of sunlight on the surface, and the salty embrace of the sea have an inexplicable power to wash away the burdens of daily life—all of which we experience aboard our boats.
Yet, it is not merely a poetic reverie; the Blue Mind effect has concrete neurological underpinnings. Water can activate brain regions responsible for emotional regulation, promoting relaxation and reducing stress. The time we spend on our boats taps into our subconscious minds, igniting a primal desire for connection and contemplation.
Being on your boat can make you a happier person on a Neurochemical level.
You have probably noticed that a sense of calm enters your mind aboard your boat. A part of that is because water environments trigger a relaxation response in our brains. The sound of water, such as waves crashing or a babbling brook, can induce a mild meditative state, reducing stress and anxiety.
Being near water also helps restore our cognitive resources. The calming nature of water scenes allows our brains to take a break from overstimulation, leading to increased focus and attention. Ernest Hemingway was a notorious proponent of spending time in nature and sometimes referred to the sea as "The last wild country that is left." To me, this says that Hemingway saw the sea as the ultimate escape from society. And if that held true in the industrial age of 1950, it remains true in today's digital age.