Are human beings hard wired to be near water? Wallace J. Nichols thinks so

by Jay Hiller, October 10, 2022

Photo by Erda Estremera on Unsplash

Every Sunday I teach a SUP yoga class on Lake Austin. Teaching the class is fun, for sure, but my favorite part is the 15 minutes or so I have to myself paddling the big float out to the buoy we anchor it too. My boss says it’s the mystique of the lake. A young colleague says it’s magical. I just know it calms me down. It’s my only chance to be by myself on the lake most weeks. (Or it’s the only chance I take advantage of, because in theory, I could go play with my employer’s expensive toys anytime I have time. Making time is the tricky part.)

A book I read about 5 years ago, Blue Mind, by Wallace J. Nichols explores the science behind this. It’s good for you, he says, to be near water. I’ve participated in challenges sponsored by my work place to be in or near water everyday for 90 days. (Is taking a picture of water vapor from an airplane window too much of a stretch?) If you’re interested in this concept, you should give Dr. Nichols’ book a read.

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