The Blue Mind project, founded by marine biologist and environmental activist Nichols, uses cutting-edge science to explore the indelible connection between humans and water.
The project draws from research in neuroscience, biology, psychology, and beyond to highlight the profound therapeutic and health benefits of direct contact with water.
Here, Nichols synthesizes the project's research to argue that everyone can become happier and healthier simply by enjoying an ocean, river, swimming pool, or fish tank.
He points to a plethora of scientific studies to highlight our profound biological attachment to water and shows how humans invariably respond to the substance at a deep emotional and neurological level.
He also offers inspiring personal testimony from a wide range of people who are positively affected by their association with the element.
Luckily for those who prefer other natural settings, Blue Mind's research attests that any kind of connection to nature has beneficial results.
VERDICT: It is impossible not to engage with Nichols as an author; his irrepressible sense of wonder and passion for his subject are simply inspiring.
—Kelsy Peterson, Johnson Cty. Community Coll. Lib., Overland Park, KS