Why Should We Live On Or Near Water? | Bluefield Houseboats

Why Should We Live On Or Near Water?

A Lifestyle Choice

Research has proven that living on or near water is good for our health, and is conducive to lowering our stress levels.  The “Blue Mind” effect, where we are subconsciously drawn towards water, creates a sense of calm and inner well-being.  This, combined with the endless fresh air and the soft soothing sounds of water, makes the idea of a houseboat an even more tempting lifestyle choice.

Just as "green field" refers to vegetation, "blue field" is everything that is water including rivers, reservoirs, lakes, seas and oceans.

Blue Mind Effect

Wallace J Nichols is a scientist and author of BLUE MIND: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do.  

Nichols says when near water, "Our brains switch into a different mode which can involve mind-wandering, creativity, and sleep, which are all known to be important to health, resilience, and productivity. Psychologists refer to water's changing uniformity as putting us in a state of 'soft fascination,' which can be highly restorative."

"Urban Blue" is a concept that refers to natural and man made fountains, ponds, lakes and canals in urban areas. Research has shown that living or working near these is health promoting, leading to long term reduction of stress.

As humans, our primal instinct leads us to be around water.  Life comes from water and we need water to exist.

With the high demand for waterfront living, green field sites can command high premiums.  In inner cities, where space is also at a premium, finding alternative living options can be the clever choice for first time buyers or seasoned professionals.  Sites on water can now be a more feasible option, with the range of houseboats now on offer from Bluefield.

So whether it is a definitive lifestyle choice, or somewhere to unwind at weekends and holidays, a Bluefield Houseboat could change your life for the better!

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