Research has confirmed what many boaters have already known – people feel happier on the water. It’s been shown that we experience increased serotonin at the mere sight of water. Now imagine the benefits when you have a 360-degree view of the blue from your very own yacht! Here are 4 ways owning a boat is good for your mental health:
1. Experience Nature
On a boat, you get to feel the sun on your skin and breathe the fresh air, escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life. When you are one with your surroundings and truly experience the beauty of nature, everything else seems to melt away. Dr. Paul Piff, assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, says that water is the number-one source of awe – that feeling of being connected to something larger than ourselves (Source: Greater Good Magazine). Awe is one of the few emotions that plants us in the present and increases emotional well-being and positive social behavior. So let yourself be immersed in nature as often as possible on a boat.
2. Spend Quality Time with Family
Modern life makes it difficult for family members to even sit around a dinner table at the same time every night. Take your family out of their routine and spend some quality time with them by relaxing on a boat. Boating is a way of life, and your children will appreciate learning the ropes from their parents. Remember the first time you took the helm? Pass on the tradition to the next generation – it’s sure to create memories for a lifetime.
3. Get Social
Friends have a tough time saying “no” to a day sail! Reconnect with old friends with an experience they won’t soon forget. Enjoy conversation and refreshments in an elevated atmosphere when you take your friends out on the water. Research shows that those who are deeply connected with others decrease their risk of disease by lowering their blood pressure, heart rate, and cholesterol (Source: Everyday Health).
4. Reset Your Brain
Stress is shown to inhibit creativity, and cruising is a great way to release tension and decompress after a busy workday. Getting away for a few hours or a few days can leave your mind and body feeling recharged. Let some steam off by taking a swim or playing water sports with family/friends. The physical activity will release endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Come back to the mainland with a fresh mind ready to take on new challenges.
Make an investment in your quality of life and emotional well-being by owning a boat. Yacht ownership is rich with adventures, travels, accomplishments, and amazing memories. Atlantic Cruising Yachts can bring the dream of ownership within reach sooner and smoother than you imagined. Sign up for a free live webinar to learn the smartest way to own a yacht.