“This is your brain on water.”That’s the message of acclaimed marine biologist and conservationist Wallace J. Nichols’s new book Blue Mind, a look at how water makes us happier at home, more successful at work, healthier in body and soul, more creative, and more compassionate. Beginning with the premise that our brains have conditioned us to prefer the color blue, Nichols shows that even a picture of water can have incredible calming and healing effects on those suffering from disease; a fish bowl or a fountain or even a glass of water prompts our brains release cascades of feel-good chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. Most importantly, Blue Mind is a manifesto that provides us with a blueprint to rebuild our personal, emotional connection with water and to restore healthy waterways on this blue planet we call home.
“A fascinating, fact-based report for aquaphiles and those at one with the tides.” – Kirkus Review
“Using a combination of anecdotes and hard data, [Nichols] makes a persuasive case for water’s healing power.” Elle Magazine
About Wallace J. Nichols Wallace “J.” Nichols is a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences and founder of OceanRevolution.org. His work has been broadcast on NPR, PBS, and National Geographic and featured in Time, Newsweek, GQ, Outside, and Scientific American. He has championed inventive solutions to pressing issues and inspired a deeper connection with nature through his slow, collaborative approach with leaders in businesses, government, non-profits, and academia. He lives along northern California’s “Slow Coast” north of Santa Cruz.
Join Ecotrust for a reading and conversation with J. Nichols, to be followed by book signing. Books will be sold by Annie Bloom’s bookstore.
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