The Ocean’s Power to Heal

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Wallace J. Nichols knew that for centuries man had believed in the healing power of the ocean. The problem was, nobody had done much research to back that up. So this former Ocean Conservancy senior scientist, who has a doctorate in wildlife ecology and evolutionary biology, decided to change that. Blue Mind was born. Nichols connected neuroscientists and psychologists with aquatic experts and water users in order to begin to create a body of work exploring the cognitive, emotional, psychological and social benefits of healthy oceans and waterways. This meeting of intellects now occurs annually at the Blue Mind Summit. As Nichols puts it, the ocean “reduces our anxiety; it connects us to ourselves.”

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