Longtime realtor, Corky Grimes, of the Corky Grimes Group/CBS Home Real Estate Office based in Omaha, NE, has a home on a private lake in Cass County, Nebraska. Grimes says it’s his get-away place for decompression, and he and his wife love living on the water. “The lake home allows our family to have a destination where the kids, grandkids and other family members can come, have fun, bond with each other and experience what life is like on the water,” points out Grimes.
“There is usually one or more family members staying at the lake house fishing, enjoying water recreation or just relaxing nearly every weekend in the summer,” he adds.
Grimes says the lake life is being discovered by the general public. “Back it up to water, build it and they will come,” he remarks.
Now enter Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D., a prominent marine biologist, researcher and author.
Nichols wrote Blue Mind, a fascinating, best-selling book about the emotional, behavioral, psychological and physical connections that keep humans so enchanted with water. He did an interesting interview with Condé Nast Traveler magazine about his book. In that interview, he says an immeasurable sense of peace is felt around water. Nichols calls this our “blue mind” — a chance to escape the hyper-connected, over-stimulated, fast-paced state of modern day life, in favor of rare moments of solitude. Studies continually find that humans are drawn toward expanses of water for, in part, their restorative benefits. Nicholas puts it this way: “We are beginning to learn that our brains are hardwired to react positively to water and that being near it can calm and connect us, increase innovation and insight, and even heal what is broken.”