Social nudity might make you happier, according to a new study from Goldsmiths University of London.
Researchers surveyed 849 people, and found that those who had spent time in the nude outdoors with other people were happier, felt better about their bodies, and had higher self-esteem than those who didn’t shed their clothes.
In a further experiment they interviewed people before and after they participated in an actual nudist event. The results were similar: study participants reported improvements on those same wellbeing measures afterwards.
“What we found was a very good correlation, that generally, if you did these activities, the longer you did them and the more frequently you did them, the happier you were about all of these things,” explains study author Keon West, Ph.D., in a video produced by the university.
What’s more, seeing other people naked encouraged a more positive body image even than being seen naked by others, the study authors wrote.
According to one participant, seeing other people with “normal, not perfect” bodies helped ease the insecurities they felt toward their own.
Keon West says that the findings have the potential to help those with body image problems in the future, but stresses that more research is necessary.
All very encouraging, but I can’t help thinking that if only they’d read “The Complete Guide to Nudism Naturism and Nudists”, or maybe just spoken to a few real nudists, they could have saved themselves a lot of time and money.