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Ep. 33 | Blue Mind: The Intersection of Physiology, Psychology, & Water | with Dr. Wallace J. Nichols

the daily helping podcast Jan 14, 2018

Today our expert guest is Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols, an innovative marine biologist, entrepreneur, wild water advocate, bestselling author, and fun-loving Dad. He has been dubbed “Keeper of the Sea” by GQ Magazine, was awarded the Champion of Change Award at the World Oceans Festival, and likes turtles (a lot).

Like many marine biologists, J fell in love with the water at an early age and sought a career that would let him stay connected to it – but he also has a passion for and curiosity about human biology, driven by childhood health issues and his own adoption.

The Blue Mind

Wallace combines his two passions into an idea he calls Blue Mind; a state of being, and the place where physiology, psychology, and the ocean meet.

J first started down this path because he wanted to understand what compels people to care about our water, and marine life. He went looking for a book about the subject… but he couldn’t find one, and he couldn’t find anyone else to write it. It was up to him.

In Blue Mind, J combines cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists to show how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success.

It illustrates the importance of our connection to water – and provides a “paradigm-shifting ‘blueprint’ for a better life on this Blue Marble we call home.”

The Biggest Helping: Today’s Most Important Takeaway

“Get. In. The. Water. Just figure that out for you – I’m sure you’re not getting in the water enough. Even if it’s just a candle and the sound of the ocean on a speaker in a bath. Plan your next trip around some really good water time. Take your kids, take your family, take your friends and loved ones. GET IN THE WATER. Prioritize it, and it will make your life just a little bit better.”

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