Imagine yourself in your happiest place… the stressed of day-to-day life are completely absent; you are full of energy; your mind and sprit feel open to new adventures, new friends, new experience… whatever life can provide to you. Maybe you’re laying on a beach with your favourite drink or you’re bombing down a black diamond ski run in the Alps or you’re with your kids at Disney World.
Last night my wife and I confirmed reservations for our annual pilgrimage to our happy place. It is a clothing options resort on the Mayan Riviera in Mexico.
Until 5 years ago, we had never done (or even considered) clothing optional resorts. We were looking to try something a little bit sexy and different for a 4 day getaway we would be doing in Mexico. We found this clothing options, sexy report and booked on a total whim because it looked kind of fun and sexy. We knew that, worst case scenario, there are hundreds of other reports nearby so we could bail if we didn’t like it.
We loved it! Aside from the sexy vibe you get from naked and near naked people, there was an intangible quality and character in the people that really grabbed us. The guests, whether naked or not (most were naked) were the friendliest, most outgoing people we had ever been around. Sitting by the pool or at the bar, people would approach you and engage in conversations, we were invited to dinner each evening (people where clothes at dinner, although often very sexy clothes).
And the people were interesting, fun and happy. I don’t mean to sound cynical, but in day-to-day life I find it rare to find people who are truly fun interesting and engaging. But here, it was the norm.
I think its the nakedness. In two ways. First, and probably most importantly, happiness is inherent in the people there — couples who are likely to go on a nude vacation are likely those who are happy, adventurous and comfortable in their relationship. Secondly, once you’re there, nakedness seems to drop inhibitions and pretence; it seems to make people happier.
So… our conclusion… naked people tend to be happy people. As for this resort, we’ve been back 8 times in the 5 years since we started going. We’ve found no other place like it.