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


By Wallace J. Nichols

Foreword by Celine Cousteau

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A landmark book by marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols on the remarkable effects of water on our health and well-being.

Why are we drawn to the ocean each summer? Why does being near water set our minds and bodies at ease? In Blue Mind, Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water.

Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, he shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success. Blue Mind not only illustrates the crucial importance of our connection to water; it provides a paradigm shifting “blueprint” for a better life on this Blue Marble we call home.


  • "A visionary." ---Outside
  • "Nichols's message is a critical and compelling one." ---David Bennett, Green Team Operations & Innovations, Google
  • "If your time on our planet needs less stress and more happiness, find your way to Nichols's Blue Mind for the surprisingly simple and joyous ways water can change your life."
    Timothy Dykman, Ocean Revolution
  • "Nichols insists on a more experiential brand of activism, encouraging individuals to encounter the oceans directly, in order to build personal and emotional connections-to get their feet wet."
    GQ Magazine

On Sale
Jul 21, 2015
Page Count
368 pages
Back Bay Books

Wallace J. Nichols

About the Author

Wallace "J." Nichols, Ph.D., is a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences, Senior Fellow at The Center for the Blue Economy, and co/founder and advisor to numerous leading organizations—including The Blue Mind Movement. J’s research, expeditions, and work as a lecturer and guide have taken him to coasts and waterways across North, Central and South America, to Asia, Africa, Australia, and Europe, where he continually finds that the emotional connection to waters of all kinds—rather than force or financial gain—is what keeps his colleagues and collaborators working hard to understand and passionately restore our blue planet. Outside Magazine has called him "a visionary”, while his tireless efforts to make #bluemind common knowledge and practice, advance human wellness, and improve environmental health have been broadcast via all major media platforms around the world.

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