“Blue Mind”: Mental health benefits of being near water

Nov 18, 2014

Turns out there’s some serious science behind the Beach Boys’ famous lyric, “Catch a wave, and your sittin’ on top of the world.” But what is it exactly about the water that pulls us, soothes us, inspires us and connects us?

Blue Mind is the surprising science that shows how being in, in, on, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected, and better at what you do. Being by the water can pull the stress from us, inspire creativity and draw us closer to those we love. Research shows that feeling of awe and wonder we get by the sea can also promote compassion and empathy.

Dr. Wallace "J." Nichols is a scientist, wild water advocate, community organizer, New York Times bestselling author, and dad, but has also dedicated a large portion of his life to figuring out the 'blue mind', the magical substance that can make you more successful at work, healthier in body and soul, more creative, and more compassionate.

To learn more about the 'Blue Mind', buy the book here.


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