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

(Little, Brown and Company, $27)

We happily spend a premium to live, sleep or dine by it. But what is it about the ocean that holds such sway over us? In his book, out next month, marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols explores the connection between the human mind and the great blue expanse, showing that the ocean does a lot more for us than quench thirst or cool us off. Using insights rooted in neuroscience, he draws upon his own ineffable love for the ocean and the experiences of athletes and artists at the top of their fields to show how being near water can reduce stress and promote happiness.