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The Science Behind Our Love For Water

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When it comes to equating a good life with being close to the water, you won't get much argument here in Southern California. Many San Diegans spend days near the beach, in the surf, or along the shore. Proximity to the bay and ocean is a defining part of life here.

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Photo credit: Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D.

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

According to the author of best-selling book "Blue Mind," there may be an even greater advantage to San Diegans' lives than sunshine. Author Wallace J. Nichols gave the keynote address at the San Diego County Watershed Summit in October. His New York Times best-selling book is called "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."

On KPBS Midday Edition, Nichols discussed the impact water has on the mind. “At the edge of the water we go into a mildly meditative state, but we don’t get bored; we’re fascinated, and philologists call that 'soft fascination.' And we’re held in this place where there is enough interest, enough fascination, and enough relaxation that it lasts a long time.”

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