Grumpy? Go jump in the lake – science proves it makes us feel better
I love the water.
It’s a joke in my home. When I first got married, my husband talked me into skipping swim practice one morning so I could go run errands with him. I grudgingly agreed, then promptly grouched around the rest of the day.
That only happened once. “If Pam doesn’t swim, nobody’s happy,” Chris says now.
It’s true. Jumping into Barton Springs, hitting swim practice, diving into Lake Austin or skinny dipping in the ocean just before midnight (yes, that happened last week in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi) washes away stress and makes me feel like Mother Nature is cradling me in her arms. Plus, it keeps me fit.
Last week, I headed to Lake Austin Spa Resort to meet Wallace J. Nichols, author of “Blue Mind,” a book that explains, in scientific terms, all the reasons why getting in, on or near the water makes us feel better. Nichols grew up spending time in the water, and it’s become his mission to encourage others to embrace (and protect) our waterways.
The resort has adopted a whole menu of water-related activities and programs based on Nichols’ “Blue Mind” approach, from bootcamp in kayaks to meditation sessions on a dock to yoga classes on standup paddleboards.
I joined Nichols for a swim and some fun on the lake – and for some longer conversations about water. When I said goodbye, he gave me a blue marble, and tasked me with handing that along to someone else, to remind them that water makes everything better.