Dear SML Community,
Did you know that spending time on or near the ocean leads to reduced stress levels and improved
? The ocean can be so powerful in this respect, that just seeing it can induce
. This is one reason why so many people are drawn to coastal places for vacations, retirement, and for some, our everyday life. For me personally, the ocean draws out my sense of wonder, which drives my connection to nature, humanity, and science.
On the way to work this morning, I heard a story on the radio about a new study that shows that chronic stress is associated with higher risks of heart attacks. This new study is not the only one to find this; stress is just not good for us and yet stress has been on the
rise over time
. Whew, I am not telling you this to stress you out, but to let you know that SML can help!
SML is incredibility fortune to be located at sea. Teaching, learning, and doing science in this setting is such a great opportunity for all who come here. We derive all these direct health benefits as we engage in outstanding experiential, place-based education and innovative research focused on understanding and sustaining the marine environment.
Make sure you check out all the opportunities to spend time at SML this summer. From courses to public programs, everyone is welcome to come bask in the healthful SML environment while learning about the wondrous wild blue ocean. Let’s make this summer a life-affirming one for ourselves and the sea.
And speaking of oceans of feel good moments, check out new newsletter section: alumni corner! Hey Alums, we would love to hear from you!