The 7 (water) wonders of the world

These incredible bodies of water will give your mind, body and spirit a boost.

The instant calm that washes over you when you hit the beach. The adrenaline rush of falling water. The total relaxation of staring at a placid lake.

In his buzzy new book, Blue Mind, marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols investigates the hidden benefits of being in, on, under, or near H20. Mashing up the latest neuroscience with anecdotes from athletes, artists, scientists and more, he reveals how we’re hardwired to seek out water and why being close to it may improve physical performance, induce calm, amp up happiness and give your career a jumpstart. (If you’re landlocked, simply taking a shower or looking at photos of water is beneficial, too.)

We scoured the earth to find the most stunning bodies of water. Dive in.

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