- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (21 July 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316252115
- ISBN-13: 978-0316252119
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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 Paperback – 21 Jul 2015
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"A visionary." ---Outside
"Nichols's message is a critical and compelling one." ---David Bennett, Green Team Operations & Innovations, Google
-A visionary.- ---Outside
-Nichols's message is a critical and compelling one.- ---David Bennett, Green Team Operations & Innovations, Google
-If your time on our planet needs less stress and more happiness, find your way to Nichols's Blue Mind for the surprisingly simple and joyous ways water can change your life.---Timothy Dykman, Ocean Revolution
-Nichols insists on a more experiential brand of activism, encouraging individuals to encounter the oceans directly, in order to build personal and emotional connections-to get their feet wet.---GQ Magazine
"A visionary." ---Outside
"If your time on our planet needs less stress and more happiness, find your way to Nichols's Blue Mind for the surprisingly simple and joyous ways water can change your life."--Timothy Dykman, Ocean Revolution
"Nichols insists on a more experiential brand of activism, encouraging individuals to encounter the oceans directly, in order to build personal and emotional connections-to get their feet wet."--GQ Magazine
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 two daughters.
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Dr Nichols to simply "get in the water..." This book can most definitely swim and like water through cracks in the earth it's ideas have the power to be truly & positively pervasive of our hearts and minds. It is both artful and scientific, I hope to see it make it's way into the hands & lives of all who value ecology and wellbeing of self, others and our blue planet.
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Nichols writes that our brains are hardwired to react positively to water. He combines water science and neuroscience to show exactly that. He defines the “blue mind” as a mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life. It is inspired by water and the sensations associated with it. “...[W]ater provides the most profound shortcut to happiness out there.”
He explores our emotional ties to water, explains the technology of brain study, contemplates what happiness is and how it is evaluated, looks at the affect of the color blue and the other sensations of water. He explores the recreational use of water and the health benefits of water, including its therapeutic use for PTSD, drug addiction and autism. He explains the Red Mind and the Gray Mind – enlightening.
Blue Mind is not a dry science book. Nichols includes lots of stories as examples of his thesis. Some of the findings are subjective and anecdotal and the stories help illustrate them.
The application of Nichols' book is broad, all the way from health benefits to urban planning. He is also concerned about the future of water and ends his book with a reminder of our emotional attachment to it and the need to make sure it is there for the future.
Now I know why there are aquariums in waiting rooms and why you should put a small one on your work desk. I know what it means if someone gives me a blue marble. I also now know the science behind why I love the water so much, especially the beaches of my island home.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.