Read The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative Online Free - For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; and Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams set out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain.
In this informative and entertaining account, Williams investigates cutting-edge research as she travels to fragrant cypress forests in Korea to meet the rangers who administer “forest healing programs,” to the green hills of Scotland and its “ecotherapeutic” approach to caring for the mentally ill, to a river trip in Idaho with Iraqi vets suffering from PTSD, to the West Virginia mountains where she discovers how being outside helps children with ADHD. The Nature Fix demonstrates that our connection to nature is much more important to our cognition than we think and that even small amounts of exposure to the living world can improve our creativity and enhance our mood. In prose that is incisive, witty, and urgent, Williams shows how time in nature is not a luxury but is in fact essential to our humanity. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas—and the answers they yield—are more urgent than ever.
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April 23, 2017
I just finished this book and its very interesting and informative overall but it was only going to get 4 stars until almost the last page when she finally mentions asthma and says that some should not go out in the tree pollen! (finally she thinks of that)
Children with attention deficit disor...
March 30, 2017
This is a must read for anyone who is in a rut, unhappy, or even for those who already embrace and benefit from the great outdoors. Thorough and thought provoking text. Nature really can be a wonderful pill for all that ails you.
July 04, 2017
I already spend as much time as I can outside, so reading Florence Williams's book was a great affirmation of my devotion to all things in nature: oceans, rivers, lakes, birds, predators, trees, and more trees. Preaching to the already converted is an easy job - but I fervently wish that more ins...
July 03, 2017
The subject matter is fascinating--the author travels around the world, talks to researchers, and participates in different projects that are attempting to demonstrate all the different ways that being around nature is good for us. Some of the projects were kind of goofy, like virtual reality tre...
February 28, 2017
(3.5 stars, rounded up because this book inspired me to get outside more)
Florence Williams outlines why getting into nature is so essential for our health and well being. She also talks about the implications of all the time we spend "plugged in." I have always loved being in nature, but my intro...
March 10, 2017
Truly more of a 3.5 stars than a 4 for me, BUT it definitely made me think and since I'm an earlier reviewer it seems mean to curve downwards.
I am reviewing an advance reading copy.
The strength of this book is the skill that Williams has with setting a scene. Her descriptions are very visual an...
September 23, 2017
I’ve been missing the outdoors of Wisconsin lately. (Easier to do during the summer and early fall. Though my son loves Wisconsin winters.) So this book is a good match for me. It’s an exploration of the science of nature’s effect on people. I liked how she went to several countries and shared th...
January 18, 2017
Alright. This book is the perfect kick in the pants that you've been waiting for. The one that is going to tell you to stop reading this review right now, and go outside. You'll be happier if you do. Science has proven that you will be dramatically more happy, and healthy, and creative, and chill...
March 05, 2017
I picked up The Nature Fix, knowing from experience that exposing oneself to nature is food for the body, mind and soul - but still I was curious. This is a smart, thought provoking feast of information from kids with ADHD to soldiers coming back suffering from PTSD and just your every day person...
March 04, 2017
As much as I wanted to love this book, and was excited to finally get my hands on it, I found the material to be presented in such a dry and slogging format I was relieved to finally finish it. The author's writing style tends to focus chapters on key studies or events going on, and takes what sh...