Why do so many of us feel drawn to water? Researchers around the globe are increasingly intrigued by our psychological response to blue space: oceans, rivers, lakes, canals and waterfalls. Research is showing that they are good for us, inducing a positive mood and reducing negative feelings. Many people naturally gravitate towards the nearest blue space for their regular walks.
There is an innate soothing quality that water brings, whether it’s crashing waves, the gentle lapping beat of the water’s edge or the reflections we see. Water brings on a meditative, ‘blue mind’ state. Dr Catherine Kelly uses the study of Blue Mind, a term coined by Dr Wallace Nichols, which explores the study of water and why it makes us happy, to explore and understand the importance of blue space (water environments) and their therapeutic benefits.
Looking at the most up-to-date research and evidence that supports its importance for our well-being, she suggests how we can all integrate blue mind practices into our lives, providing examples and exercises that anyone can use to enhance their mental health.
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KELLY, DR CATHERINE