IT HAS been said by many that people living on the coast are healthier and happier than those who do not. It has also been confirmed by my various friends who live by the sea they are in fact healthier and happier than those living inland. Is it true? I was to find out after leaving the Dutch coast to head inland.
My wife almost daily says she misses the sea, the sand and the Dutch coast line. “There’s nothing better than to walk along the beach with a fresh wind blowing in from the sea during the colder months of the year,” she’s often said. “It’s not only refreshing and good for you; it also invigorates the body and the mind.” With the salt from the sea brushing her face and the wind in her hair she says it revitalises her physical condition, clears away the aches in her body and gives her a chance to think while admiring her surrounds. The sound of the sea lapping gently onto the beach, granules of sand disappearing between her toes and the sound of the gulls hovering close by is something she will miss. Whether this is true only she can confirm of course, but it’s something “born within” she reminded me while taking our last daily walk on her domain.