The Psychology of Why We Like Beaches
On A Beach, By A Beach, Looking At A Beach...
The somewhat instinctual and yet profound psychological reasons behind why we humans generally all like beaches in some capacity is an interesting topic I found myself contemplating on multiple occasions. I mean, there has to be some good reasons why we like beaches, why we are drawn to them time and time again, whether that's in person or simply gazing at a photo on Instagram. After a little bit of actual research, the reasons became pretty clear.
Being on a Beach Soothes the Senses
As with many other natural landscapes, beaches draw you in because of your instinctive desire to be amazed. A beach offers a gorgeous view of the land and sea. Merely gazing out into the horizon is so enchanting due to the endless possibilities it suggests, and it almost makes you believe the world is infinitely flat. One definitely can feel very small and insignificant when presented with the majesty of the sea.
Beaches are also visually alluring because of their warm, relaxing color scheme. Rich, comforting palettes, such as a soft yellow mixed with shades of beige and orange, are common to beaches because of the sun and sand. So, too, are the soft blue-green hue of the ocean and light-blue tone of a clear sky.
Beaches have a knack for easing other senses as well. The sound of the waves repeatedly rising and fall is innately calming; the perfect back drop to meditation, contemplation, and peace of mind.
The yin and yang of hot and cold is also extremely refreshing. You can be soaking up the blazing sun one minute and cooling off in the water the very next.
Beaches Are Fun!
Let's be honest, we like having fun and being entertained! Beaches are naturally enjoyable because of the tons of different activities they allow you to do. For a chill time, you can bronze up your paling skin, read that best-seller you’ve had on your shelf since last Christmas, or just lay back under a sun umbrella.
On the other hand, the beach is a great place to participate in a bunch of high-power activities that will get your heart pumping. Several of those potentially adrenaline-boosting activities might include:
- Surfing, boarding, or hover boarding
- Flying a kite
- Playing a game of beach volleyball or frisbee
- Riding in a motor boat
We like beaches because they let us to enjoy ourselves according to how we like to spend our time, whether it means relaxing on a reclining chair or getting drenched in sweat and water. The psychology of why we like beaches is definitely tied to the irresistible, all-around positive vibe that surrounds it.
Now that you know how good for you beaches are, grab a towel and sunblock, and get ready to put a pin in a new place on your map with a beach!
Don't have a map yet? Well... it's high time you take a look and get your beach conquest started!