Blue Mind

Blue Mind

The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do

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Discusses the importance of humans' connection to water and how people are drawn to being in, on, or around oceans, rivers, and lakes and points to recent findings in neuroscience that indicate that proximity to water can improve mood, performance, health, and success.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ♭2014
ISBN: 9780316252089
0316252085
Characteristics: xviii, 333 pages

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kpelish
Mar 06, 2017

A well-researched book---with many studies and short stories—that goes on a bit too long (276 pages) in convincing us of the benefits of water, and occasionally veers into New Age la-la-ness. The author clearly loves his laid-back lifestyle in California and is sincere in sharing his experiences as a water protector/evangelist: “…physically, cognitively, sensuously, financially, creatively, productively, spiritually, and healthfully.”

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fiferboy
Dec 01, 2014

I really wanted to like this book, but I think it was just way too long for the topic. I gave up 1/3 of the way through.

MaxineML Nov 10, 2014

A fascinating book on an equally fascinating topic. Nichols looks into the science behind why people love water - all kinds of water, and all kinds of activities on it. From fishing to surfing, from ponds to oceans and everywhere you can find water in between.

A great deal of this research I've read elsewhere in books on happiness, mindfulness, meditation and neuroscience, but the overall tenor of this book is unique. And it is true - both emotionally and scientifically - water is good for us. It can help us calm down, it can help centre us, it helps wounded veterans and those with PTSD learn to live with today, it can help children learn better, it can help those with mental disabilities, and so much more….

It is only in the last chapter that Nichols mentions environmental destruction and the degradation of our waterways - and I think that could have used more explication.

Yet, overall this was a fascinating read. Nichols is a wonderful writer - able to write with emotional complexity and depth on issues that are dear to his heart, but he can also easily explain the science behind his theories and can elucidate the neuroscience he cites. A wonderful book - recommended.

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MaxineML Nov 10, 2014

“I wondered whether water is a mirror for our darker emotions as much as it is an engine for our happiness. Water quiets all the noise, all the distractions, and connects you to your own thoughts.”

MaxineML Nov 10, 2014

"Try as we might, no amount of scientific data, fMRI scans, EEG readings, or carefully designed research projects can really show us exactly what we feel at those moments. And while real estate agents and economists can calculate the water premium to the penny and ecologists can track the movements of water molecules on their journeys through the web of life, they can’t put a price on the moments when we experience water’s beauty firsthand."

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