Research says people who live close to the sea are happier than those who live inland. The researchers looked at data from surveys of 25,963 people on their happiness, lifestyle and income. They found that those who live within one kilometer of the coast are 22 per cent less likely to show signs of mental health problems. People who lived over 50 kilometers from the coast had more symptoms of mental health problems. Poorer people living within sight of the coast were 40 per cent less likely to have mental health symptoms than those who lived inland.
The lead researcher of the study said: "People in poorer households living close to the coast experience fewer symptoms of mental health disorders." She said the coast seemed to protect people from mental health problems. The doctor added that living on the coast could help people on high and low incomes. Another researcher said: "We need to help policy makers understand how to maximize the wellbeing benefits of 'blue' spaces in towns and cities. We need to ensure that access is fair and inclusive for everyone, while not damaging our fragile coastal environments."