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Do Waterfalls Make Us Happy?

posted April 9, 2015

Have you ever felt that overwhelming sense of joy as you stand next to an awe-inspiring waterfall? Legend has it that waterfalls can make us happy, so it’s no wonder there are so many amazing stories from people who have visited Canada’s waterfalls, including Niagara Falls in Ontario, and Montmorency Falls in Quebec.

Even though this could be thought of by some as simply an old wives’ tale, there does seem to be some scientific thinking behind the theory that waterfalls generate positive vibes. Waterfalls are considered to be one giant ion generator – the vitamins in the watery air give off negative ions, which we take in as positive energy.

Once the negative ions reach our bloodstream, they are said to increase our bodies’ production of serotonin, which is the chemical responsible for relieving stress and depression, and for boosting our energy and happiness.

So it’s not surprising we feel so great when we’re around waterfalls!

Niagara Falls is one the world’s most popular destinations, and even more fittingly, one of the best honeymoon destinations on the planet. It’s definitely very romantic – the sheer power of the tumbling water, against the beautiful Canadian backdrop, is like something out of a movie or romantic novel. Adventuring on the Hornblower or Maid of the Mist towards the towering rocks and cascading water is an unforgettable experience!


Also worth a feel-good visit, on Canada’s Eastern coast, is the Montmorency Falls, which stand even higher than Niagara Falls. Get up close and personal with the happy-making ions by walking the Falls’s suspension bridge or via the Ariel Tram.

Do waterfalls make you happy? Let us know by messaging us on Facebook, or tweeting us @CanadianAffair!

Whatever you choose to do on your holiday to Canada, Canadian Affair can offer help and advice on where to go and what to do. Contact one of our experts for more information.

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