As Huff Post reports, Epidemiologist Lora Fleming of the University of Exeter in England explains “research shows that spending time by the ocean has many positive effects on health and well-being.” Beyond that, Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist, believes that we all experience “a mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment” that’s triggered when we’re in or near water. And since many of us might not be entirely comfortable surfing or scuba diving, and we can’t necessarily afford to live right on the beach, sailing is a perfect solution to get you on the water, enjoying your life in a whole new way. Here are 7 more reasons you should learn to sail.