This is your brain on water.
There’s something about water that attracts and fascinates us. No wonder: it’s the most omnipresent substance on Earth and, along with air, the primary ingredient for supporting life as we know it. From far, far outside, our planet looks like a blue marble; from deep inside, we ourselves are three-quarters H2O.
We know instinctively that being near water makes us healthier and happier, reduces stress, and brings us peace. But why? And what might the answer tell us about how we should be living our lives?
After centuries of asking these questions, we can finally answer them–and those answers are life changing. As Wallace J. Nichols reveals in Blue Mind, we are now at the forefront of a wave of neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and medical research that illuminates the physiological and brain processes that underlie our transformative connection to water. That research, involving tools like EEGs, MRIs, and fMRIs, is uncovering remarkable truths about water’s incredibly powerful, and startlingly profound, effects on our bodies and souls. Drawing on this breakthrough science, and on compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, Nichols shows precisely how proximity to water can:
– improve performance in a wide range of fields
– increase calm and diminish anxiety much better than medication
– amplify creativity–artistic and otherwise
– increase generosity and compassion
– increase professional success
– improve our overall health and well-being
– reinforce our connection to the natural world–and one another
Blue Mind isn’t just about oceans, lakes, and rivers. Water’s tremendous benefits stretch from the sea to the swimming pool, from a barrier reef to a glass of water–even a fishbowl, photograph, or painting. So no matter where you live on this big blue marble, it’s time to get your brain on water.