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Happiness is: A Day at the Beach

Updated on May 14, 2013

Happiness is: Sitting on a Dock by the Bay...

and watching a magnificent sunset.
and watching a magnificent sunset. | Source

There's a scene in the movie, The Prince of Tides, starring Nick Nolte and Barbara Streisand, in which the Nolte character is remembering a single, happy day from his traumatic, difficult childhood. In the scene his mother takes her young children to a dock and tells them that she has a special gift for them to see. The kids are very excited and keep asking her what it is and she tells them to just sit on the dock, look toward the sun and they'll see the gift arrive. They watch the South Carolina sun go down with rapt attention oohing and ah-hing over the beautiful colors streaking across the sky and when the sun finally disappears completely the youngest child, a girl, claps her hands together, tells her mom that was the best present ever and asks her to paint the sky all over again. To that little girl watching the sun go down over the water was pure magic and ecstatic happiness.

I've had my own share of sorrows and rough times but a day spent at the beach has always been joyful, no matter what challenges I was facing.

For the first 5 decades of my life, trips to the beach were treasured, special events that occurred every few years but for the past decade I've been blessed to live close to the bay and ocean and visiting the beach several times a week is one of my life's greatest pleasures.

This hub is a pictorial essay that answers the question, "According to you, what is happiness?" My answer is that happiness is spending a day at the beach and I hope these fun and beautiful photos will show you why I feel that way.

Happiness is: Hang Gliding at Jockey Ridge State Park

While your friend takes photos of your brave adventure.
While your friend takes photos of your brave adventure. | Source

When my son was little and our family was vacationing in the Outer Banks, NC, we took him to Jockey Ridge, the highest natural sand dune on the United States East Coast to watch the sun go down and I was amazed how many other people flocked to that same location all sitting on the dune and watching the sunset as if they were at a drive-in movie theatre. There was something about watching it as part of a crowd that intensified the feelings of awe and joy and I remember thinking that this is one of life's greatest pleasures and it's free. It doesn't get any better than that, does it?

But read on, there are still many other fun and happy things to do at the beach.

Happiness is: Running through a Water Fountain at the Beach

when you're a toddler.
when you're a toddler. | Source

You probably don't remember the first time you ran through a water fountain or sprinkler, but I'm willing to bet that after the initial shock of getting wet you loved it as much as the tiny tot on the left, and were fascinated by how it worked like the little guy on the right.

Happiness is: Wearing a T-Shirt...

That explains why you're giving out free hugs to everyone on the beach.
That explains why you're giving out free hugs to everyone on the beach. | Source

Happiness is: Building a Sculpture...

All by yourself.
All by yourself. | Source

Happiness is Flying Big Kites at Ocean City, MD.

Whether you're the one flying a kite, or looking up at one being flown by someone else, big bright kites like these at Ocean City, MD. are delightful to look at!
Whether you're the one flying a kite, or looking up at one being flown by someone else, big bright kites like these at Ocean City, MD. are delightful to look at! | Source

Happiness is: Waiting for the Waves...

To move your surfboard even if you're too close to the shoreline to get any real action.
To move your surfboard even if you're too close to the shoreline to get any real action. | Source

Happiness is: Doing Hand Stands on the Beach...

Even if no one else is watching.
Even if no one else is watching. | Source

Happiness is: Riding Your Bike on the Boardwalk...

Not knowing or caring that your sundress is billowing out behind you like a colorful hot air balloon.
Not knowing or caring that your sundress is billowing out behind you like a colorful hot air balloon. | Source

Happiness is: Running With Your Twin on the Beach...

And not caring which one of you can run the fastest.
And not caring which one of you can run the fastest. | Source

A Few Thoughts About Siblings on the Beach.

Sibling rivalry can be fierce during our growing up years but there's something about the beach that temporarily squelches our competitive natures and doubles our pleasure. Suddenly, we're almost overjoyed to have this special person to spend the day with. Sure we may tease them, but in the end we'll give them a great big hug as seen in the next two pictures.

Happiness is: Burying Your Brother in the Sand...

And chuckling when other people notice that you're changing "he" into a "she" by adding two strategically placed bumps on his chest.
And chuckling when other people notice that you're changing "he" into a "she" by adding two strategically placed bumps on his chest. | Source

Happiness is: Having a Sister Who Knows You're Afraid of Heights...

And trusting that she would never let you fall.
And trusting that she would never let you fall. | Source

Happiness is: Playing Paddle Ball on the Beach With Your Sister After You're all Grown up...

And still looking great in your bikinis.
And still looking great in your bikinis. | Source

A Few Thoughts About Animals on the Beach.

Most pets enjoy the beach as much as their owners do and they sometimes act just like humans while they're there.

Then there are the very strange humans who dress up as animals.

I hope you enjoy the next set of photos which illustrate the point I'm trying to make.

Happiness is: Being a Dog on the Beach...

And using your owner's lounge chair as your personal beach umbrella.
And using your owner's lounge chair as your personal beach umbrella. | Source

Happiness is: Seeing Lady Gaga on the Boardwalk...

In the Halloween Sea Witch Parade.
In the Halloween Sea Witch Parade. | Source

Happiness is: Having a Daddy Who Wears a Cow Costume...

So you won't be the only cow on the beach during the Halloween Sea Witch Parade.
So you won't be the only cow on the beach during the Halloween Sea Witch Parade. | Source

I hope you have enjoyed this pictorial essay about why I think happiness is spending a day at the beach and that you get to visit a beach someday soon.

For those of you who have never had the great pleasure of experiencing sand, surf, sun and sunsets, I hope you will consider adding a trip to the beach to your bucket list. No one should die without seeing the ocean at least once in their lifetime.

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    Gail Sobotkin 2 years ago from South Carolina

    Dear CrisSp,

    Glad you enjoyed the hub and photos and thanks for your feedback.

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    CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    OMG! What an awesome hub! Great pictures. Thank you for the most enjoyable day at the beach. Can't beat that!. :)

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    Gail Sobotkin 3 years ago from South Carolina

    Dear Peg,

    So glad the photos and hub brought back wonderful beach memories for you.

    Thanks for putting a smile on my own face when I read your lovely comment.

    Hugs,

    Gail

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    Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    These great photos truly brought a smile to my face this morning and some wonderful memories from vacations past.

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    Gail Sobotkin 3 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Linda,

    Your intuition is absolutely correct-- I always feel most calm and joyful when I'm in nature-- most especially at a beach.

    It was cold in Delaware today, though by your standards the 46 degree temp we had might seem relatively warm. Some days it does get too cold and blustery to walk on the Delaware beaches, but in general, I just bundle up and still go there a few times a week cause it gives me such a lift.

    We shall be heading to Hilton Head Island, SC, soon where it is much warmer this time of year.

    The person in the glider is a dear friend and the only one in a group of friends who took to the sky! I thought that was an awesome thing to do, but I'm not that brave! I have tried parasailing a few times which is fun and feels more secure because you remain tethered to a boat at all times and they reel you gently onto the boat's deck when the ride is over.

    Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.

    Hope you, Laura, and the kids are having a wonderful New Year's Eve, and that 2014 will be your best year ever.

    Love & Hugs,

    Gail

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    I really enjoyed looking at all these magnificent beach pictures as I sit here in cold Minnesota. It's snowing here and very bitter cold out. It sounds like you are so connected to the ocean and nature. Was that you sky gliding? Very cool if it was. I have never done that but will put it on my bucket list. Thanks for letting me visit the beach today Gail. It was a nice change of scenery. Happy New Year :-)

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    Gail Sobotkin 3 years ago from South Carolina

    Dear JPSO,

    Yes, sunsets at the beach are truly magical and a great time to reflect on the day.

    Glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks so much for taking time to leave an insightful comment. It's greatly appreciated.

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    JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

    We can surely do a lot of things to make us happy. But among all the things you have said, I love watching the sun go down... the sunset near the beach. There is something wonderful about each sunset as it tells us that it is the end of another day. A great time for me to reflect what have I done and accomplish for that day. Its also a great time for me to take the pictures of the sitting sun... Great hub and up for this one!

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Dolores,

    So good to see you here. I was thinking about you the other day when I saw a sign that said the Prime Hook Wildlife Preserve is closed due to the government being shut down. I know you enjoy watching the wildlife as much as I do during the migratory seasons.

    Also know exactly what you mean about feeling connected to God when you're in the surf, but as your friend's reaction illustrates, not everyone feels that connection.

    Glad you liked the pictures. I agree that red headed kids are beautiful, especially when the sun is shining down on them.

    Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.

    Hugs,

    Gail

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    Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

    So beautiful! It's been way too long since I've been to the beach. I remember once trying to teach a friend how to bodysurf. He said, 'just tell me how to do it, don't make it sound like religion.' But I feel connected to God in the surf, and on the beach. It is the perfect place. Your pictures are awesome. Love those red headed kids! (Had two myself)

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Lyricwriter,

    So glad to see such a lovely comment from you and I'm thrilled you enjoyed the hub. I haven't been on Hubpages much lately, but all is well with me and my family.

    Don't know if boys are easier to raise as I only had one child, a son, but do know a lot about sibling rivalry from my growing up years as I was the middle child of three. Had no rivalry with my brother but definitely experienced it with my sister, though we get along great now.

    Enjoy your kids while they're young. It's a cliché, but they really do grow up so fast and you miss those naturally boistrous times of early childhood once they're grown and living on their own.

    Hub Hugs and Best Wishes,

    Gail

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    Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

    HBN, it's been so long since I've dropped in, so I wanted to revisit and catch up with you. I hope all is well Gail. As soon as I drop by your page, I'm reminded of the many places that you've made me want to visit! It's funny, sibling rivalries describe my two young ones perfectly. I don't know if it's their age(7-4) or the fact that I have a boy and girl. Words of wisdom for sure. I do know one thing, girls are much harder to raise then boys:) Best wishes always

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi FSlovenec,

    I totally agree!

    So glad that you enjoyed this hub and thank you for leaving such a lovely comment. Your feedback is appreciated.

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    Frank Slovenec 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

    The only real vacations are beach vacations. Relaxing, no agenda, no schedule, sunny or cloudy, at the ocean east coast west coast, caribbean, Europe or Australia...great hub it is relaxing to read!

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Gail Meyers,

    So glad you enjoyed the hub and photos and thank you for taking time to leave a comment. I appreciate the vote up and feedback.

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Audrey,

    What a joy to see such a lovely comment from you! So thrilled that this hub rekindled wonderful memories.

    Thanks so much for the specific feedback, vote up, share and pin. Your support, as always, is greatly appreciated.

    Sending you a Bouquet of Hub Hugs and Love,

    Gail

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    Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

    Reading your hub was a nice little break in the day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the great pictures. Voted up and beautiful.

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    Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    Dear Gail ~

    This is an outstanding, fun and beautiful hub. The photos are just amazing and bring back so many great memories of growing up near the beach.

    Love your captions included in each photo and who can forget the stunning sunset alive with breath taking colors featured in " The Prince of Tides."

    I voted up and completely across ( which I rarely do ) and will pin and share. This is just an amazing presentation. Thank you for taking me back to such a wonderful time in my life and visits to the beach. Hugs ~ Audrey

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Mike Robbers,

    So glad you enjoyed the hub and pictures and thank you for the vote up and pinning. It's greatly appreciated.

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    Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

    A wonderful hub, great pictures and I couldn't agree more about the beach! Voted and pinned!

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi DIYmommy,

    Thanks for leaving such a heartfelt and insightful comment.

    Sounds like you have your hands full with caring for your young family and your husband's deployment to Kuwait. I hope you will all be together again soon and able to spend some time in Myrtle Beach in a much needed and earned vacation!

    I, too, used to long for the respite of a beach vacation during my years of working as a nurse. Settled for walks in parks during my lunch breaks or after work which did indeed help relieve some of the stress that builds up daily while working in the health care field.

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    Julie 4 years ago

    After reading your hub, there's no doubt that the beach is a somewhat breathtaking respite from the daily grind. Though I have taken a break from working since having my first (a boy!) 2 months ago, my days working as a nurse made me long--pretty much daily--to escape to a beach. My aunt and uncle own a beach house, in Myrtle Beach, and my husband and I try to visit at least once a year. The last time we have been able to go, however, was over a year ago just before he deployed to Kuwait with the U.S. Army. I'm looking forward to going again VERY soon! :)

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Tina,

    So thrilled that you enjoyed the hub. Sounds like you and your family love the beach as much as I do.

    Aside from the sunset photo, the photo of the sister burying her brother was my favorite cause they were having so much fun. Glad your teens are playful like that and thanks for sharing it with us in your lovely comment.

    Hope you have many more wonderful trips to beaches in different locations.

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    Tina Truelove 4 years ago

    The beach is one of my favorite places on earth. I don't get to visit nearly as often as I would like, but when I do, I know the memories will last a lifetime. We were in Gulf Shores a few weeks ago and my two daughters buried their older brother in the sand . . . and they are 14, 17, and 19! That kind of fun never gets old. I hope we get to visit beaches more often as our family grows and we create more memories for the next generation. Thank you for the thoughts and photos.

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Epi,

    Thanks for leaving such a beautiful comment, filled with poetic prose that was so descriptive, I felt like I, too, was walking on the beach.

    I go to the beach often, but have to drive there (though I'm still blessed because it's only 6 miles to Delaware Bay and 20 miles to the ocean).

    It's 12:47 pm in Delaware and the weather is cold and wet, but not enough to snow. The weatherman had predicted it would turn cold, so I spent yesterday afternoon at the beach when it was sunny and 58 degrees - just right for a beautiful walk.

    Thanks for your warm wishes and good energy. I could feel my spirit rise just reading your comment.

    Sending Hub Hugs,

    Gail

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    epigramman 4 years ago

    ....I am incredibly fortunate to live only 100 feet or so from my beach and lake of Erie and right now because the tide is low the beach looks like a football field and I walk there everyday with my deaf cat on his leash but I take the leash off him and let the 'man' walk free - which he loves - often when I walk around the bay of the lake - I call them my writer's walks - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 12:29pm what is your weather like? Here, we've had snow and cold but it's sunny today, dry and no wind

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    I totally agree that the beach is a great place to be with friends and family.

    Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. Am glad you enjoyed the hub.

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    georgescifo 4 years ago from India

    This is an amazing hub post. For me happiness is indeed a day at the beach with my friends or family!!

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Rajan Jolly,

    I'm thrilled that you enjoyed your cyber-visit to some of America's Eastern Sea Coast beaches.

    Thanks for posting a lovely comment. Sounds like you enjoy the beach as much as I do and I love your description of why you love it.

    Thanks also, for the specific feedback, the vote up and the share.

    Hub Hugs,

    Gail

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Gail, I love the beach, the sea and the whole atmosphere there. Your pictures are awesome. I really enjoyed them and made me feel as if I was there right now enjoying the views.

    I always enjoyed collecting shells, making sculptures, standing in the water and feeling the sand move beneath my feet as the waves receded taking some of it along.

    Voted up, beautiful and awesome. Shared this hub too.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Wow, Eddy, thanks so much for sharing this on both of your facebook pages. I'll be swinging by later to check them out.

    Thanks for getting my day off to a great start with your lovely comment and generous actions.

    Hub Hugs Across the Miles,

    Gail

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    Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

    I have commented once but want to come back to let you know that I am posting this great gem on our FB page :-

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/EveryoneHasADream

    and also on my page :-

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/EddyAnnieInspire

    Thank you for sharing and here's to so many more by you .

    Great work and enjoy your day.

    Eddy.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Lady E,

    I was thrilled to read your insightful, lovely comment. I so agree with everything you said about the beach. It is one of the best stress relievers that I know of but more than that, it elicits pure, childlike joy!

    The girls stood together just long enough for a photo op! LOL Parents had to lift them up there. The younger one was indeed scared until her sister, who was there first, embraced her in a wonderful warm hug which I think the photo captured quite well.

    Thanks so much for your specific feedback which is greatly appreciated.

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    Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

    Very refreshing Hub

    The beach has a big effect on people. Kind of spiritual. It's a place people feel happy, can reflect on life, can let out feelings, can get some inspiration, can even heal gradually - letting negative feelings go.

    I'm glad you enjoy your time there. Thanks for sharing the lovely photo's. Everyone's having a beautiful time. I wonder how long those 2 girls stood together on that pole. lol.... and I will look out for that scene in the Prince of Tides.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Lovedoctor,

    How wonderful that you have always lived near some of the finest beaches in the world and have created many special memories.

    Glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Welcome Emilybee,

    So glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for leaving a comment.

    Hope you get to spend fun days at the beach this summer.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Tammy,

    I think I'm dangerously close to being a beach bum in my retirement sometimes. (smile)

    So glad you enjoyed the photos and thanks for sharing.

    Hub Hugs,

    Gail

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Martie,

    Yes, fortunately time is irrelevent in cyberspace and I'm thrilled you enjoyed this hub now and left such a lovely comment.

    Your feedback means a lot to me.

    Hub Hugs,

    Gail

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    lovedoctor926 5 years ago

    voted up beautiful and awesome! Living in South Florida my entire life, there's nothing more relaxing and fun than spending a day at the beach. This is happiness for sure!

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    emilybee 5 years ago

    Your photos are beautiful!!! I agree, happiness is a day at the beach and my favorite part of summertime. Very nicely compiled hub :)

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    Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

    Your hub and photos sure make the beach look fun. This is one of my favorite things to do. I could be a beach bum. Great hub! Sharing!

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    Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

    Beautiful-beautiful pictures. And so very true, on the beach all siblings and actually everybody just bury the hatchets ~ maybe because of the overpowering beauty of the sea?

    Happyboomernurse, I am way too late for the party, but this is the wonder of Cyberspace. Time is totally irrelevant. I've enjoyed this hub just as much as I would have enjoyed it the moment you have posted it...

    Voted up and delightful :)

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi 2patricias,

    Thanks for leaving such an interesting comment about the English Channel.

    When I was younger I only liked the beach during sunny warm weather, but now I appreciate it just as much on rainy or even cold days which, as you say, are less crowded. Inclement weather also changes the entire mood of the beach:

    Gentle rain on a warm day is relaxing and refreshing.

    Cooler days are invigorating.

    Cold days work up an appetite.

    So glad you enjoyed your cyber visit to my side of the Atlantic Ocean.

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    2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

    Your photos are gorgeous, and convey your emotions well.

    We live by the English Channel. Our beach is stones, not sand. It is often wet, windy and cold. All the same, we consider ourselves very blessed to live here.

    We love walking along the beach in winter, when it is empty and the wind is blowing (especially if we are properlydressed for the weather.) It is lovely to see families having fun in the summer.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Retiredo6,

    Glad you live near a beach and find joy there, too.

    Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.

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    Leona J Atkinson 5 years ago from Oregon, USA

    Thanks for sharing the happy memories. Loved it. I live very near the Pacific Ocean so often visit the beach and it is always an awesome experience.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi CloudExplorer,

    So happy to see you here. (smile)

    Glad you recently had a great day at Long Beach, NY, with your lovely wife and I look forward to reading a hub about it.

    Unfortunately, your point about many people not being able to afford a day at the beach in these tough economic times is true for far too many families and individuals, not just in New York but all across the country. I too, pray that things will improve for those who are struggling and fearful of where their next meal or shelter is coming from.

    That said, one of the things I'm grateful for in our country is the fact that we have so many city and rural parks and free public libraries. Sadly, some parks, especially in our inner cities, have become unsafe and some libraries are struggling to stay afloat.

    I appreciate your thoughtful comment and the vote up.

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    Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

    Voted up on all scales, and yes I love being at the beach, actually me and my lovely wife just went to one at Long Beach, New York recently with a work friend of hers, and I will create a hub soon about it all.

    I loved your images here and especially the one with the two sisters standing on the log there u in the air, lovely photo's. Yes indeed this all spells happiness, and love as well, and more of this needs to be spread around the globe so more people can focus on such things, but its tough when people have no money or no means to think of being happy though, it cost where I live to go to the beach pretty much and the economy is still rough for most city folks out here in New York.

    So I'll keep praying for the countless less fortunate families who haven't the privilege to afford such a luxury today, but on the note you've posted here I love the Happiness concept entirely.

    Voted up on all levels and out for sure.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Rebeccamealey,

    So glad that you liked the photos and hub. Hope you have a great time at the beach when you visit your mother.

    Thanks for the vote up and for the share. It's greatly appreciated.

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    Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Wow! What fantastic photos. I use to live at the beach and my mother still does. I am going soon. Your words were very touching.Voted up and shared!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Rosemay,

    So thrilled that you enjoyed the photos and hub.

    I agree that the beach helps people leave worries and cares behind.

    Thanks for taking time to leave a comment and for your friendship and support.

    Hub Hugs,

    Gail

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Vespawoolf,

    My sentiments exactly!

    Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.

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    Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

    You are so right, happiness is a day at the beach. All the worries and cares left at home for the day and absolutely everyone laughing and enjoying life.

    Your photos are just fantastic especially the sunset, that is awesome.

    Thank you for sharing.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Some of my favorite trips were to the beach! There's something about the ocean that makes me happy. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Laadhy,

    Thanks. I appreciate the feedback.

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    laadhy 5 years ago from Maldives- The Paradise on Earth

    Nice photos

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Ktrapp,

    Your comment made me smile! Thanks so much for your kind words and the clever new name. So glad you enjoyed the hub and photos.

    The girl in the sundress riding a bike was so excited to be riding toward the beach and I was glad I captured some of her enthusiasm. Hilton Head Island has miles of hard packed sand and bike riding directly on the beach is easy, exhilerating and fun for people of all ages!

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    Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

    I think you might need to change your name to happyboomerphotographer. You take amazing pictures that always make me feel like I'm standing right beside you soaking in whatever experience you are capturing. I really like the sundress/bike photo and truly wish I was relaxing on that beach right now!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Point2make,

    I've never used a metal detector on the beach but have seen people find things with it and it does look like fun and good exercise.

    Thanks for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Iefox5,

    Yes, I find the beach a great tension reliever and when I look at the smiling faces on the children my heart fills with joy.

    Thanks for leaving an insightful comment.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Einy51,

    Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for leaving a lovely comment.

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    Einy51 5 years ago from Gampaha,Srilanka

    Wow.. Beautiful scene !

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    point2make 5 years ago

    Happiness is also a day at the beach with your metal detector. Loved the photos.......and love the beach!!! Voted this hub up!!

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    iefox5 5 years ago

    WOW, beautiful scenery and cute kids. Go to a beach when you are unhappy or frustrated would release all the negative emotions.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Stephanie,

    I've always felt the exact same way.

    The sunset shot was taken this past winter in Hilton Head Island. I think winter scenes often turn out sharper and clearer.

    So thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and thank you for the votes up.

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    Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

    Happiness IS a day at the beach! :) Ever since I can remember, I've believed that I NEED to get a fix of ocean air and sea water in order to stay happy and healthy (of mind).

    I love your hub and smiled all the way through it as I went from one photograph to the next depicting happy people on the beach. Your lead picture of the sunset is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. It just makes me want to sit on the sand with my brushes and paints!

    I don't know how I missed this earlier, but you definitely have my up votes now!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Prasetio,

    Glad this hub gave you a few moments of happiness.

    Thanks so much for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.

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    prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

    I saw many fun activities at that beach. All of them gave happiness. I love all the pictures here. Thanks for share with us. Voted up and awesome :-)

    Prasetio

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Dmop,

    Thanks so much for leaving such a lovely comment and for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.

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    dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

    All wonderful things to enjoy at the beach indeed. Those are some great pictures, I gave them and the presentation a vote up and beautiful.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and glad that you now get to go to the beach often. I've never been to the West Coast Beaches but hear they're awesome.

    Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment and sharing your personal experiences. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

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    Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    Such beautiful pictures... loved them, especially the very first one of the sunset and then the story you told to go with it. My husband grew up in California, so naturally, the beach was always part of his life. Being from Wisconsin, the first time I got to go to go to the beach was during a High School Band Trip to Florida. Now, I live in California. My favorite thing about the beach is walking the boardwalk and getting a Cheese on a Stick. Otherwise, there is also Charlie's Chili... one of our favorite restuarants! Great hub!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Cyndi,

    So glad you enjoyed the hub. I agree that South Carolina has fabulous beaches and I love Hilton Head Island.

    The storms can roll in quickly, but you're right, the lightening displays can be beautiful as long as you're watching from inside a safe shelter.

    Thanks for taking time to leave such a lovely comment. I can tell from your profile pic that you're a beach and lowcountry lover.

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    Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

    The beach is just a little piece of heaven! I try to get there at least once a year. Some of my favorite are in South Carolina. I love all aspects of the beach, even watching a summer storm come in. The lightening display can be beautiful. Thank you for sharing your wonderful beach scenes.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Rahul,

    Am so glad you enjoyed the hub and photos. Thanks so much for the specific feedback. It's greatly appreciated.

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    Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

    Amazing pics.... must have been tough clicking such detailing pictures amid enjoying so much!

    Indeed... we are all compelled to believe that happiness is irresistible at the beach!

    Great hub

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Susanm23b,

    Am so glad you've been able to visit the beach many times and have good memories of your trips.

    My son was also leary of the ocean when he first experienced the roar but quickly got over it. I still remember with great joy his initial steps in the sand when he was a small toddler. He waddled for a moment, then ran around in circles with a look of absolute ecstacy on his face!

    Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment and for the vote up.

    Also, please accept my apology for answering this out of sequence. I just realized that I scrolled down too far when I left a response for Sunshine.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Sunshine,

    I totally agree that it's the simple things in life that bring the most happiness. Thanks so much for leaving such a beautiful, uplifting comment. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

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    Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Hi HBN! I just watched Prince of Tides recently and it was just as great as the first time! The scene you mentioned was still amazing! It's the simple things in life that make us the happiest. It's something about water and sunshine that puts life into perspective. Fab pictures and hub!:)

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Bdegiulio,

    So thrilled you liked it enough to share and recommend to others and thank you for the lovely comment and feedback. It's greatly appreciated and brought a big smile to my face today.

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    susanm23b 5 years ago

    This is such a fun and cheerful, feel-good hub! I love your great photos! I have been fortunate to visit many beaches as a child and as an adult. I agree with you--it is a definite "must go" destination for everyone. I have especially enjoyed beach trips with my children--although my twins (at a year and half)screamed at first when they heard the waves. The sound really bothered them. After they saw how much fun it was, they really loved it. Voted up!

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    Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

    Gail, if this doesn't put a smile on your readers faces then nothing will. Made my day. Really enjoyed the photos and your captions, you hit the nail on the head with this one. Voted up, shared and everything thing else...

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Peggy,

    So glad this brought a smile to your face and thank you for the kind words, vote up and for sharing.

    I really appreciate your support.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Aloha Gary,

    Glad you enjoyed the hub and am happy to hear that you and your wife recently enjoyed a cruise to Hawaii.

    Thanks for taking time to leave such a lovely comment.

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    Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Hi Gail,

    This is a happiness hub for sure! Just looking at the many fabulous photos would bring a smile to most people's faces as it did mine right now. Thanks for this treasure! Up votes plus SHARED.

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    Gary Eby 5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

    Thanks for the trip to the beach. My wife and I live close to the Oregon coast. We love the hypnotic roar of the surf. Just returned from a cruise to Hawaii. Aloha! Your friend, Gary.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Ruchira,

    Thanks so much for your insightful comment, the vote up and for sharing. Your support is greatly appreciated.

    Yes, time at the beach does give me a natural, connected, blissful high and I feel blessed that I live close enough to go there often and am so happy to be able to share some of that experience on Hub Pages.

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    Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

    Hi happyboomernurse,

    Happiness is a state of mind and your mind sure is at peace to have enjoyed so many pleasures of life and pix them. LOVED each pix of yours. The sunset pix at the top is just out of the world.

    Being at the beach with no wires to help us stay connected is BLISS and time to liberate and enjoy yourself.

    voted up and sharing it across!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Toknowinfo,

    I'm so glad you enjoyed it and thank you so much for the feedback and vote up.

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    toknowinfo 5 years ago

    Great hub! Great pictures! Just very well done. Thanks for putting this together and sharing your imagination and creativity. Rate up and more.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Aw Sharyn, your comments always make me smile. Thanks so much for the lovely feedback.

    I've never traveled to any of the Great Lakes but the photos I've seen of them look beautiful and I'd love to visit them someday.

    Sending Hub Hugs and Love your way and hope you're enjoying spring,

    Gail

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    Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    Absolutely beautiful, creative and entertaining = = = = = = happyboomernurse hubs!!!

    I hope to be "sitting by the dock of the bay" at some point again, but for now, I will have to settle for Lake Erie. Great work Gail!!!

    Sharyn

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Ubanichijioke,

    So glad you enjoyed the article and I appreciate your observation and philosophy about happiness. It truly is different for every person and I believe the most important thing is to find what makes yourself happy and spend time doing whatever that is regardless of what anyone else thinks.

    Hope you are finding time to do the things that make you happy.

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    Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

    Wonderfully scribed piece, just as each human is born with a different face SO also do ?? find happiness in different, small and strange ways. Happiness is an independent version of every human. Good job!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Vocalcoach,

    I'll be on the look-out for that hub and knowing your writing style and finesse, I'm sure it will be extremely well done and that I'll feel honored to be in it.

    Hub Hugs & Love,

    Gail

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    Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    Gail ~ My latest hub ( will be published in about an hour - "How do you feel when comments are not replied to" has a link to your profile. Thanks for being just the example I needed for my hub.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Melovy,

    Seems like we share the same love of the sea.

    Thanks so much for the specific feedback and I'm thrilled that this hub brought you momentary joy.

    Sending Hub Love & Hugs Across the Ocean,

    Gail

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    Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

    Not sure how I missed this one before. I love the seaside. No, I LOVE it. Heaven, bliss, peace, joy - just a few of the words that come to mind. There is something about a vast blue ocean that just fills me with stillness, or makes me aware of stillness within. Just thinking about it now is making me feel happy!

    Oh, and that first photo is just so so utterly stunning!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Linda,

    I'm so glad that you enjoyed it. Yeah, that sister really cracked me up cause she was so happy someone had noticed!

    Thanks for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    What a treat this hub was Gail. I feel better after spending time on the beach with you and your great photo's. I started giggling when I saw the sister and brother laughing because of the bumps she put on her brother. I hit many buttons. Thx for the uplifting photo hub.