- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (July 21, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316252115
- ISBN-13: 978-0316252119
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 217 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Reprint Edition
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"Blue Mind" is a fascinating study of the emotional, behavioral, psychological and physical connections that keep humans so enchanted with water. Nichols examines seas and oceans, lakes and rivers, even swimming pools and the contents of our bathtubs in a study that is both highly readable and rooted in real research. Nichols draws on science and art, hard data and anecdote, and plenty of experience, to explain our blue mind in detail.
--Washington Post Book review by Nicola Joyce
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I wish you water.
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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.
Full Disclosure: I recently interviewed 'J' for our Inspire Nation Show.
I love this book, and I can't get enough of it! I admit, I'm a water-aholic. I learned to swim before I could walk. I've always take the opportunity to jump into the water...even in the cold. And I've always loved to ride my bike, run, walk, or drive near the water, I can't get enough of it. And now I understand why. This book is a powerful treatise to understand our connection with this magical blue stuff....it makes up the water, it makes up the sky, and it makes up us...we're over 70% water ourselves, the same exact makeup of the ocean.
This is one beautiful book, and the work 'J' has done to bring water to our minds, and to help save the sea-turtles, is beyond commendable. I cannot recommend this book enough; except when given a choice between reading and heading to the water...put down the book, and head for the water...you'll thank yourself for it!
Emily H. Young, Ph.D.
Vice President of Programs
The San Diego Foundation