The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative (Hardcover)
As a wilderness junkie, I immediately wanted to read this book to learn about how I am changed through my experiences with nature, and the read did not disappoint. This book explores the science behind how nature affects us, physically, psychologically and emotionally. Every time I put the book down, I felt compelled and inspired to trek out into nature to get my fix. Pun intended. I had the pleasure of meeting Florence Williams and listening to her speak about this book and it was wonderful learning the research behind it. I recommend this to any and all nature and science enthusiasts.
-Recommended by Beryl— From March 2017 Staff Picks
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.