I must be loaded up with free radicals after living in the desert for more than 30 years -- about two hours 'down the street' from Dr. Andrew Weil -- no less.
Scientifically, I can't speak about the benefits of water on mood, but I have noticed that I sleep much more restfully when I'm around water and do notice a general change in mood when I make the transition from the beach back to the desert.
And couldn't agree with you more about how large bodies of water create a wonderful setting for problem-solving, gaining perspective, loosening up and chilling out, being "small" before mother nature's creation, and above all, being curious and appreciative about your surroundings and the moment. Very well said. Thanks for sharing.