You’ve probably visited an aquarium at some point in your life to watch fish and learn more about marine life. You may even have felt a little more comfortable watching the goldfish in your doctor’s/dentist’s office, where your appointment is expected. Fish and marine life have been admired by researchers and biologists for centuries for scientific reasons. Recently, British researchers conducted a new study to determine whether aquarium viewing has a significant impact on people’s well-being.
In a controlled environment, subjects were asked to observe an aquarium for a specified period of time, and their heart rate and blood pressure were measured at specified intervals. The participant’s heart rate and blood pressure decreased as more fish were added to the tank. The researchers reported that the participants became more positive as they watched the fish spawning in the aquarium. The study provided substantial evidence that watching fish can have real benefits for a person’s overall well-being.
Most of the time, the beauty and tranquility offered by nature creates a sense of ‘feel good’ in individuals. Despite the irony that humans cannot leave their own aquariums to roam freely in the ocean, aquarium viewing can provide medicinal benefits by feeding the spirit.