Research presented at the BPS conference last year found that most British people preferred the seaside as a holiday destination and that it aided their emotional well being. Perhaps it’s the sound of the waves or the way that the light reflects from the water, or maybe the association with happy childhood memories? Maybe even a collective memory of our evolutionary history when we are thought to have lived in the sea. Having recently spent time away with my husband, mother and daughter I could say it’s all those things. You come back refreshed both physically and mentally, almost regardless of the weather!