What is our human fascination with water?
As humans we are drawn to water. We are attracted to the ocean and the sound of running water. The motion of its movement calms us.
We start this fascination with water at an early age. From our earliest enjoyment of bath time to splashing through puddles and playing on the beach. Children learn hosts of skills from playing with water, and in water. It helps children learn coordination. And while watching its forces children can learn physics and chemistry without even knowing.
Water is essential for life
As we get older we still enjoy the fun side of water but we also start to realise how important the ocean is to every human life. Water provides freshwater, oxygen and helps moderate the earth’s climate, weather and health.
There is no denying that its human nature to seek out bodies of water. That cottage by the sea will always be more expensive than anywhere else; we love to live along coastlines, by rivers and streams. If we can’t live near the sea and we often we buy our own swimming pools, some people even have both. We will drive for hours just to sit by the sea and have a picnic or fly hundreds of miles for a holiday in a seaside resort.
The facts – human fascination with water
Michael Crawford – Neuroscientist believes the reason for this is that after we came from the apes we stayed by rivers and beaches, and that’s where our roots are from.
We love flowing water the best, rain water to us is the freshest, healthiest water around which could be why we love waterfalls so much because it’s the closest thing to rainwater.
Falling water, creates better and cleaner living
Falling water creates negative ions which produce biochemical reactions that increase serotonin level. Serotonin is an important chemical and neurotransmitter in the human body, sometimes called the mood chemical increasing the level or serotonin can alleviate stress and depression and boost energy levels.
Increases Serotonin Levels
Many doctors, counsellors and charities believe that being near or in water can have a positive effect on our mental health. There are scuba diving programmes, flotation tanks and adventure therapies with marine based actives all proving that water improves mental well-being and emotional health.
We also have many apps to help us be calm, meditate or even fall asleep while listening to waterfalls, rain or the ocean. Some even claim to cure insomnia.
to name just a few.
Our human fascination with water and the reasons why are why we love to create our multi sensory interactive (water) environments which are a boost to any event, (such as Wateraid) building, show, fair, or conference, whatever it may be, and why we are so passionate about water.
Not only do these waterfeatures, create a calming atmosphere, these systems function as an air purifier and humidifier. Not only practical but an extremely decorative addition to an event, like a piece of art, welcoming people in.