This piece originally appeared on Travelandleisure.com.
You probably already know that a beach vacation is relaxing, but now there’s a scientific reason you should be booking an oceanside escape. A new study by Michigan State University revealed that living in a location where you have the chance to see a lot of blue spaces, like a body of water, leads to lower levels of “psychological distress.”
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The research focused on the city of Wellington in New Zealand, and looked at the correlation between whether or not people could see the ocean and the country’s health records. They even took into account other factors like age, sex, and wealth, and living by the sea still improved people’s mental health.