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Cut it in Half Exercise

Updated: Jul 14, 2019

This week I was given a challenge to take one of the blog posts I had written this week and cut the word count in half.

I chose my post on about lovers of the sea

I started with 611 words and cut it down to 221.

Here is my shortened version:

Thalassophile (n.) a lover of the sea 

Why do so many people consider themselves to be a thalassophile?

Our subconscious knows the benefits we receive from time spent on the beach.

Here are a few that come to mind.

Vitamin D 

Vitamin D is vital for a healthy body. 

80-90% of our body’s vitamin D is created from sun exposure. 

But don’t forget your sunscreen!

Sunlight Decreases Depression

During the winter months, some experience seasonal depression due to lack of sun exposure which causes serotonin levels to drop.

Being on the beach in the sun increases our serotonin level, which in turn decreases depression.

Rid Stress

Studies have shown that being within eyesight of the ocean lowers stress levels. 

Oceans are considered “blue spaces” which are associated with lower psychological stress.

Salt Water

Ocean water is filled with healthy minerals, making it an antiseptic good for all types of skin conditions. 


Sand is a natural exfoliant and stimulates the nerves in our feet. Bare feet in the sand absorb the Earth’s electrons, which lowers inflammation and improves sleep.


Being at the beach gives our brains a break. Taking a break from work replenishes our motivation to achieve our highest level of performance.

Next time you’re on the beach, take advantage of all of the benefits it has to offer!

I think there are pros and cons to this exercise. It's always good practice to cut down your word count, but I also think my first version of this post had some important statistics that added a lot.

Next time I am writing a post, I will keep this exercise in mind!

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