The songs and postcards appear to be right - a study suggests we really do like to be beside the seaside.
The study of 2,750 people presented to the British Psychological Society examined the effects of different types of outdoor environments on people.
Researchers found the bracing seaside air had a more positive effect than the countryside or an urban park.
Researcher Mathew White said it could reflect an "innate preference" for the sights and sounds of water.
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