Blue Spaces: How and Why Water Can Make You Feel Better

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Why do so many of us feel drawn to water? Psychological and environmental researchers around the globe have become increasingly intrigued by our psychological response to blue space. Research is showing that the sea, rivers, lakes, canals, waterfalls, even fountains are good for body and mind, inducing a positive mood and reducing negative feelings and stress. Many people naturally gravitate toward the nearest blue space for their regular walks, be it a canal, a lake or the sea. There is an innate soothing quality that water brings whether it’s crashing waves, the gentle lapping of the waters edge or the reflections we see, water brings on a meditative state, a blue mind state. In Blue Spaces - How and why Water Can Make You Feel Better, Dr Catherine Kelly explores the importance of Blue Space (water environments) and its therapeutic benefits in our lives. The book examines the significance of water across cultures, the most up-to-date research and the evidence that supports the importance of blue space This book provides practical ways that we can all integrate wellbeing exercises into our lives whether we live by the water or not.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages224
ISBN (Print)9781789562842
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2021

Bibliographical note

This book is also available as an audio book, via Audible, reference no. 1801290512


  • blue space
  • water
  • wellbeing
  • mindfulness
  • conservation
  • coast
  • outdoor swimming


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