Blue mind: Why we love water

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One of my favorite things to do after a stressful work day is drive up the Pacific Coast Highway – to Point Mugu – and plant my rear-end in the sand or on a rock, or walk a few feet into the Pacific. The smell of the salt water, the sound of crashing waves – it’s zen for me.

I certainly don’t think I’m alone. Most of us are drawn to the water. It’s calming, it’s relaxing. It feels good.

Wallace J. Nichols is a marine biologist and researcher at the California Academy of Sciences and he wrote “Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do.”