09/18/2013 08:40 am ET

The Most Tranquil Rivers Around The World (PHOTOS)

Young woman sitting on rock and bathing in stream
Young woman sitting on rock and bathing in stream

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.

GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify solutions that work for you. We all have de-stressing "secret weapons" that we pull out in times of tension or anxiety, whether they be photos that relax us or make us smile, songs that bring us back to our heart, quotes or poems that create a feeling of harmony, or meditative exercises that help us find a sense of silence and calm. We encourage you to look at the GPS Guide below, visit our other GPS Guides here, and share with us your own personal tips for finding peace, balance and tranquility.

Having a rough day? Let the simplistic peace of the water turn it around. The slow pace of a river and its soothing sound can bring a sense of tranquility, whether you’re in the middle of the forest or a bustling city.

As Henry David Thoreau once said, "He who hears the rippling of rivers in these degenerate days will not utterly despair." The benefits of spending time in nature are endless, whether it's soaking up some sun, or as a way to find your center. Take a moment of reflection and click through the slideshow below to find some relaxing rivers the world has to offer.

Tranquil Rivers

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