Know that blissed-out feeling you get when you dip a paddle into a lake’s glassy surface, stroll on a beach, or stare out at the waves? Author and marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols calls it a “blue mind,” and says that the mildly meditative state characterized by “calm, peacefulness, unity and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment” is triggered when we’re in or near water.
That might explain why homeowners around the world pay a premium to build their homes within sight of a shore. Here in the high country, where waterfront lots are few and far between, folks go to especially great lengths to find a quiet spot on the water.
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