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

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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Overview

A landmark book by marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols on the remarkable effects of water on our health and well-being.

Why are we drawn to the ocean each summer? Why does being near water set our minds and bodies at ease? In Blue Mind, Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water.

Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, he shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success. Blue Mind not only illustrates the crucial importance of our connection to water; it provides a paradigm shifting "blueprint" for a better life on this Blue Marble we call home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316252119
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 07/21/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 29,310
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Wallace "J." Nichols, Ph.D., is a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences and founder/co-director of Ocean Revolution, SEE the WILD, and LiVBLUE. His work has been broadcast on NPR, BBC, PBS, National Geographic and Animal Planet and featured in Time, Newsweek, GQ, Outside, Fast Company, Scientific American, and New Scientist. He lives in California with his partner Dana and his two daughters.

Table of Contents

Foreword Céline Cousteau ix

Preface xiii

1 Why Do We Love Water So Much? 3

2 Water and the Brain: Neuroscience and Blue Mind 24

3 The Water Premium 41

4 The Senses, the Body, and "Big Blue" 79

5 Blue Mind at Work and Play 105

6 Red Mind, Gray Mind, Blue Mind: the Health Benefits of Water 139

7 Blue Unified: Connection and Water 182

8 Only Connect 225

9 A Million Blue Marbles 269

Acknowledgments 277

Notes 281

Index 323

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