It’s official: Scientists have confirmed what many Beaufort County residents already know. Being near the water can be inspiring and can wash away the stress of a chaotic day. Marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols, author of the bestseller “Blue Mind,” says our brains are wired to respond emotionally to water. “When you step outside, and particularly by the edge of water, your coritzol levels drop, your brain switches into a different mode, and it turns out what we’ve learned is that that boosts creativity, settles your brain and your body down, reduces stress. ... It makes you happy,” he said on www.wallacejnichols.org. Read more here.