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Monday, April 1, 2013

There are so many reasons to love California. One of the most popular reasons people visit the Golden State is for the beautiful beaches! With the weather warming up, more and more people are gathering to the coast to hang out, play water sports, or to just relax. Ever wonder why the beach makes us all so happy? Biologist and researcher, Wallace J. Nichols tells us that there are scientifically proven reasons why visiting the ocean makes us happier and encourages us to participate in conserving ocean life. Nichols and his colleagues delved into researching how our brains are positively affected by the ocean. Research found that our minds are relaxed and pleasured by sounds that have, "wave patterns, low pitches, soft volumes, and harmonic frequencies". On the other hand, loud and busy sounds like airplane noise can release stress hormones. The calmness and flat surface of the ocean relaxes our minds compared to busier environments like traffic on the 405 highway! The color blue is scientifically proven to make us happier and more relaxed. Sunshine is also proven to induce happy thoughts in people compared to those who live in areas where there is more rain than sunshine. With just these simple reasons, we hope to see you at the beach this weekend!! :)

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