Blue Mind: Science Shows How Being Near Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, and More Connected


Something fascinating and magical about being near water, be it a river, a lake, a pond, a waterfall, near the sea or an ocean, even a garden water feature.

The sound of running water is mesmerizing and tranquil. Mother nature at its best!

The term “blue mind” describes the meditative state that water places us in when we are near it. “Blue mind” is the antidote to “red mind” which is the anxious, over-stimulated state of mind that is activated by normal modern day life.

Research has proven that spending time near water is essential to reducing anxiety, creating a creative, positive mind, and overall happiness.

Research revealed by scientist and marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols in his book “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.”

The book “Blue Mind” Is inspired by water, and the elements associated with water, from the color to the words which are used to describe the sensations associated with it.

He stated that all of us have a “blue mind” which is tailored to make us happy in ways which go way beyond relaxing in the surf.

During a TEDx Talk on the topic, Nichols explained that water holds cognitive, psychological emotional and tranquil benefits.

Nature is the best medicine for any human being. Remember a time when you took a walk on the beach or in the forest. How did it make you feel? Did become less anxious, stressed? Did you feel the calmness, the tranquility that entered your mind, body, and soul?

Research from Canterbury University, Otago University, and Michigan State University in the USA carried another study. They studied the relationship between the mental health of a person, as well as the exposure to green and blue space. The study found that the ability to see the ocean lowers stress levels and contributes to our wellbeing.

The University of Exeter’s research found that people living closer to the English coast are healthier and happier.

Aquatic therapists are continually looking towards the water to help treat and manage PTSD, addiction, anxiety disorders, autism and more.

Earth is covered in approximately 71% salt water. Our bodies are made up of approximately 60%. Therefore it makes perfect sense that there is a close connection between water and our well being.

The best thing would be to book your next holiday by water.

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