Leelanau ... Just For The Health Of It
|View From Pyramid Point
Here is something I've always suspected - but had no actual proof for ...
Living in the vicinity of a Great Lake, or numerous inland lakes, is good for your mental health.
A recent study reported in PLOS One, the respected, peer-reviewed scientific journal, concluded:
"We found a protective effect for Great Lakes, whereby living closer to a Great Lake was associated with lower anxiety / mood disorder hospitalizations."
The study further noted that the same protective effect was conferred by close proximity to an "abundance of inland lakes." The effect was small but statistically significant.
And here we are in Leelanau, with its 27 inland lakes ... all surrounded by Lake Michigan.
The scientists surmise what the locals (and visitors) know - that the expansive vistas of water, as well as its sound, smell and feel - all contribute to a distinct feeling of well-being.
Moreover, when we're around these "large freshwater and abundant blue spaces", we happily walk, bike and swim our way to better physical fitness - a proven aid to emotional health.
There's a reason this place is also known as the Land of Delight.
See You In Leelanau Up North,
Visit A Leelanau Landmark - Hike to the summits of Pyramid
Point, Empire Bluffs, Clay Cliffs or other commanding heights
in the national park. Then feel your worries subside as you
gaze in awe at the vast expanse of Leelanau blue. Trails are
moderately strenuous. Enjoy more solitude this time of year.
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