Why We Should All Read ‘Blue Mind’ by Wallace J. Nichols

If you haven’t read Blue Mind by Wallace J. Nichols, put it on your reading bucket list today. Dr. Nichols has put together wisdom he’s gathered over the years about the tremendous benefits of the human relationship with water. 

This transformative book is fully entitled: 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. In some ways, the subtitle is a spoiler. The way Dr. Nichols combines his scientific knowledge as a marine biologist and neurobiology expert with his profoundly insightful emotional intelligence is pure magic. His communication style is more than engaging; he draws the reader into his healing paradigm with the smooth hum of a shaman. 

It’s impossible to leave this book unfinished. In fact, since its publication in 2014, Blue Mind has inspired a strong and growing community of water worshipers. Together, they’ve been working to improve their personal happiness while caring for our waters and marine life ecosystems. This is a save-the-planet book that leaves you with tremendous hope about the future of our planet and the saving grace of love.

Get Happier by Experiencing Sailing Charters and Ocean Escapes

According to the science behind Blue Mind, being near water increases our happiness. Water induces a calm, meditative state of mind that alleviates stress, boosts moods, and improves overall well-being. This feeling of tranquility, which Dr. Nichols dubs the “blue mind,” is directly linked to a closeness to the water itself. 


calming view from a boat on water

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Dr. Nichols contrasts the blue mind with what he calls the “red mind” and the “gray mind.” A red mind is an agitated, hyper-stimulated, anxious state of mind. The “gray mind” is a state of mind that results from overstimulation to the point of apathy and exhaustion.

The joy you experience when you take a sailing charter isn’t just about the activity you’re pursuing. Going off on an ocean escape is much more than seeing beautiful sights. These happiness-inducing results occur whether you’re near, on, or in water. 

Grow Healthier by Taking Your Trip of a Lifetime

Sailing charters in turquoise waters in Menorca (Spain)

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Can taking the trip of a lifetime actually make you healthier? When based on the science of Blue Mind, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” So long as the trip is near or on water.

Staying at a seaside resort, relaxing by the pool, cruising on an ocean liner, or wading in streams of a foreign land you’ve always dreamed of visiting can actually help boost your immune system and fend off illness. Research has shown that being in or near water reduces blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, and anxiety. Furthermore, water offers opportunities to make workouts safer and more effective.

According to Dr. Nichols, “the mere sight and sound of water can induce a flood of neurochemicals that promote wellness, increase blood flow to the brain and heart, and induce relaxation.” The overall effect of water leads to better health as we spend time near water, which Dr. Nichols refers to as “the elixir of life.”

Stay More Connected by Getting Closer to Water

Most cultures around the globe are rooted in ancient creation myths that share the common element of water. For Dr. Nichols, water also connects us to our origins as individuals in the womb and as living beings sprung from the primordial waters.

This deep sense of feeling connected to people, places, and cultures is the antidote for the loneliness and isolation so many complain of in our post-modern world. That same connection to the environment also inspires and motivates you to take on the challenges of responsible stewardship of planet Earth. It creates space for change and focuses your attention on reducing pollution and caring for our fellow creatures.

When we’re in a state of blue mind, Dr. Nichols says we feel a much greater connection to others and our environment. Existing near water helps us reconnect with the emotional part of ourselves, the loving part, and the part that puts forth joy and awe.

Become Better at What You Do by Connecting With Water

beach sunset

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Regardless of your goals, spending time with water is the fastest route to success. For Dr. Nichols, staying in a blue mind also means living in a state that is receptive to inspiration and alerts creativity.

As Dr. Nichols weaves the tale of Blue Mind, he works alchemy with words. He smoothly blends statistics gleaned from neuroscience and psychology with personal anecdotes about his family and career. After all, the human body is 70% water, according to Dr. Nichols.

Dr. Nichols provides a thought-provoking and creatively disruptive vision of the world and the human role in caring for and being cared for by our waters. People often search desperately for a path to the holy grail. Perhaps it makes better sense to acknowledge self as the holy cup and the earth as a holy grail.

Get Involved With the Blue Mind Community

Since its publication in 2014, Blue Mind has inspired a collective effort and created ongoing projects to sustain marine environments and marine life, including sea turtles and whales. You can visit Dr. Nichol’s website to get involved in a Blue Mind project, book a speaker, or learn more about the relationship between humanity and water. The Blue Mind author, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, is active on his website. You can also connect with him via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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