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Being Close to Water Makes Us Happier

A new book with the unwieldy title, <em>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</em>, is a scientific study that takes readers on a journey that is forever leading back to water – because, as the author argues – it is subconsciously where we want to be. A love of the ocean and other bodies of water is common enough, but to suggest that being close to water makes our lives better in every single way should be enough to set the landlocked on edge. <em><a title="Blue Mind" href="http://www.wallacejnichols.org/122/bluemind.html" target="_blank">Blue Mind</a></em>, however,<em> </em>is not an attack on drier climes as much as it is an appeal to everyone to get closer to water in whatever ways we can. So, here are four ideas for folks who aren’t quite in a position to buy that house on the beach just yet: <strong>1. Pools / Hot Tubs  </strong> In the book, the topic of water and isolation are recurring themes; the way a person is insulated by water when it acts to put a liquid barrier between the swimmer and the rest of the world. In this way, submersing oneself is a kind of meditation – perhaps even a return to the womb. Plus, <a title="Pools" href="http://www.atgstores.com/pools_2383.html" target="_blank">pools</a> and <a title="Hot Tubs" href="http://www.atgstores.com/hot-tubs_1720.html" target="_blank">hot tubs</a> are just plain fun without getting into all that metaphysical mumbo-jumbo. <strong>2. Art</strong> Further study found in the book’s pages reveals that even images of water work wonders on the human brain. The effect may be diluted, so to speak, but pictures of water nevertheless have a tendency to calm jagged nerves and ease anxiety. Paintings, photography and sculpture are just a few examples of how you can capture the waves without actually hitting the beach. <strong>3. Fountains</strong> The sound of water also plays a part in the experience and <em>Blue Mind</em> wasn’t the first to explore this aspect of water’s power. Flowing water has long been utilized in Eastern meditation and even Western medicine to bring about a sense of peace. <a title="Indoor Fountains" href="http://www.atgstores.com/indoor-fountains_2695.html" target="_blank">Indoor</a> or <a title="Outdoor Fountains" href="http://www.atgstores.com/outdoor-fountains_2696.html?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">outdoor</a>, the quiet burble of a fountain adds a new, active dimension to décor that most people find soothing. <strong>4. Nautical Décor</strong> Lighthouses, seashells, gulls, boating <a title="Decor" href="http://www.atgstores.com/decor/?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">bric-a-brac</a> and the go-to blue and white paint scheme can make you feel closer to the ocean no matter where you are. Of course, this is one step removed from the visual or aural representation of water, but association is a powerful tool and your mind may be willing to make the leap. If a little bit of water goes a long way to making us healthier and happier, then hopefully these décor ideas will help buoy your spirits when the waterfront seems too far away.
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