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Being close to water and the great outdoors promotes health and happiness

- Content provided by Delta Coves

Home, and its proximity to nature and the great outdoors, is being valued more than ever — and water has long had an unmistakab­le allure and power to inspire relaxation and promote personal rejuvenati­on. The pull can be so strong that living near water and open space is one of the top requiremen­ts in considerin­g where and how we want to live.

The bestsellin­g book, “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 marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols, focuses on the proven scientific evidence that being close to bodies of water promotes mental health and happiness. From playing in the waves as a child to his later scuba-diving exploratio­ns, he understood that enjoying the water was more than a fun pastime — it was a natural way to rest and recharge.

The term blue mind describes the mildly meditative state we fall into around water. It’s the antidote to what we refer to as

red mind, which is the anxious, over-connected and overstimul­ated state that defines much of modern life. Research has shown that being near, in, on or under water can provide a long list of benefits for our mind and body, including lowering stress and anxiety, increasing an overall sense of wellbeing and happiness, a lower heart and breathing rate, and safe, better workouts.

Among the pristine canals of the Delta, the water-based lifestyle at the private boaters club called Delta Coves begins from the very

moment you look out your back door to the ultimate swimming hole, the lagoon. Here, families can launch from their private dock into a serious splash zone, enjoy a spot for liquid lounging to cool off in summer, discover wild habitat and watch marine animals, be in a protected harbor to learn early boating and floating skills, and appreciate a meditative retreat to wind down from the day.

The 494 waterfront residences range from 1,598 square feet to 4,000 square feet, three to six bedrooms and prices from the $700,000s to $2 million. The “uniquely Delta” designs feature generous ground-floor spaces that connect seamlessly to spacious back decks and private docks, linking them to more than 1,000 miles of rivers, sloughs, and canals that create a different highway to enjoy life — no matter the speed. Delta Coves is ideal for both those who enjoy being out on the water and those looking for a calming, tranquil place to call home.

With the knowledge that being by the water is really good for you, why not maximize your time being close? Imagine a day’s beginning and end with a gaze out across the water. And then imagine every day just like that. Whether you’re a family seeking togetherne­ss and quality time, a thrill seeker after speed and excitement or a city dweller who yearns to get back to the wildness of the outdoors, the new homes at Delta Coves are waiting for you to unpack, take a deep breath, and live your waterfront life.

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Delta Coves, poised along California waterways, is a new club community that is home to 494 waterfront residences.

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