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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Terry's on to something

As I read a review of 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, I thought of Terry on sabbatical this summer at her place on the water. While we greatly miss her presence at the store, I love that she stays true to herself and is the picture of peace and relaxation.

Nicola Joyce's review in the Washington Post highlighted aspects of Nichols' book that resonated with what I have long felt: "the sensory appeal of water, showing us how the sight, sound, feel, and even smell and taste of water affect us on an incredibly deep and raw level." "Nichols calls on neuroscience to explain the cognitive processes our minds go through in response to water, combining scientific language and examples with personal anecdotes and stories...It’s incredible to think that we can alter our brain’s positive neural pathways by increasing our exposure to happy experiences in, near or on water, but apparently it’s true."

Reading this review also reminded me that my decision to investigate opening a bookstore instead of continuing in consulting came while vacationing on Sanibel Island.

Perhaps I need to follow Terry's lead, head to the water, read and just be for a little while.

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