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Blue space

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Blue space has been defined as "health-enabling places and spaces, where water is at the centre of a range of environments with identifiable potential for the promotion of human wellbeing'".[1][2] It is the water-based complement of "green space", e.g. access to the natural environment in urban areas.[3] Benefits associated with aquatic environments include less polluted air and more sunlight, more physical activity, and improved mood and reduced stress. [4]. While an urban fountain seems to as effective as many other blue spaces, the coast has been found to have the greatest effect on mental wellness. It has been suggested that this is because the tides help distract from negative thoughts.[5]

See also[edit]

  • Urban open space#Reductions in Mental Illness rates / Improved Social Cohesion

References[edit]

  1. Foley, R.; Kistemann, T. (2015). "Blue space geographies: Enabling health in place". Health & Place. 35: 157–65. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.07.003. PMID 26238330.
  2. Wallace Nichols (June 2014). Blue Mind: How Water Makes You Happier, More Connected and Better at What You Do. Hachette. ISBN 9781405528092. Retrieved 5 November 2019. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. Foley; et al. (February 2019). Blue Space, Health and Wellbeing: Hydrophilia Unbounded. Routledge. ISBN 9780429631603. Retrieved 5 November 2019. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  4. Hunt, Elle (2019-11-03). "Blue spaces: Why time spent near water is the secret of happiness". The Guardian.
  5. Hunt, Elle (2019-11-03). "Blue spaces: Why time spent near water is the secret of happiness". The Guardian.

Category:Mental health Category:Urban planning


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