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Main Title 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 /
Author Nichols, Wallace J.,
Publisher Back Bay Books, Little, Brown and Company,
Year Published 2015
Stock Number 1392347
OCLC Number 921513333
ISBN 9780316252119; 0316252115
Subjects Water--Psychological aspects ; Neuropsychology ; Neurosciences
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJAM  BF789.W3N53 2015 Region 3 Library/Philadelphia, PA 09/16/2016
ESAM  BF789.W3N53 2015 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 11/15/2016
Edition First Back Bay paperback edition.
Collation xviii, 333, 16 pages ; 21 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-321) and index. Includes Reading group guide. "Originally published in hardcover by Little, Brown and Company, July 2014"--Title page verso.
Contents Notes
Why do we love water so much? -- Water and the brain : neuroscience and blue mind -- The water premium -- The senses, the body, and "big blue" -- Blue mind at work and play -- Red mind, gray mind, blue mind : the health benefits of water -- Blue unified : connection and water -- Only connect -- A million blue marbles. 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. 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. From afar, our planet looks like a blue marble; we ourselves are three-quarters Hb2sO. 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? Now, we can finally answer these questions--and those answers are life-changing. As Wallace Nichols reveals here, we are 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. Drawing on this breakthrough science, and on compelling personal stories from athletes, scientists, veterans, and artists, Nichols shows 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; and reinforce our connection to the natural world--and one another--