The Nature Fix

The Nature Fix

Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

eBook - 2017
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From forest trails in Korea, to islands in Finland, to eucalyptus groves in California, Florence Williams investigates the science behind nature's positive effects on the brain. Delving into brand-new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and strengthen our relationships. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas--and the answers they yield--are more urgent than ever.
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company, Independent Publishers Since 1923,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780393242720
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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dnk
Aug 06, 2018

Most of us know that nature is "good for us", but Williams explores specifics around why our blood pressure drops, the effects of the smells of the forest, and the history behind walking in Scotland, among other things. What made this a worthy read for me was the insight that this was more effective for relaxation as meditation, and as effective if not more for things like PTSD and ADHD than medication.

Spoiler alert: there isn't a good substitute for nature, although the Singaporeans are doing well reclaiming nature. I wasn't crazy about the memoir-ish nature of the book, but fortunately that didn't interfere too much with the narrative.

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MaryElizabeth17
Jul 31, 2018

Florence Williams has rounded up and interviewed many scientists who are studying exactly why nature is so good for us. It is an accessible read about the science behind what we already know. Time in nature changes us, heals us, and connects us to something larger. She intersperses passages from Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and especially William Wordsworth. She was a student of Geoffrey Hartman, a Wordsworth scholar. So, it is both the science and the philosophy. Her impetus for writing the book was her own move from the mountains of Colorado where they lived close to nature to Washington DC where they live surrounded by asphalt. What she wants to know is how much nature does she need to feel like she used to feel back in good old Colorado. For me, I need no convincing of nature's value.

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shayshortt
Jul 20, 2018

The Nature Fix is a well-rounded exploration of the budding investigation into the benefits of nature on human health written in the style of readable science journalism with a touch of the travelogue.

Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2018/07/19/the-nature-fix/

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sandraperkins
Jul 07, 2018

This book was recommended to me in response to my recent review of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, by Nicholas Carr (another terrific book!). This book offers a perfect antidote to the damage the internet is doing to our brains!

The Nature Fix is organized into five sections that include theories of why being in nature is so good for us and for our brains, and suggestions on how to enjoy nature most effectively. The individual sections kind of wander all over, but there is plenty of good information there if you are willing to go with the flow and look for nuggets of information!

For example, how about this advice from Qing Li, an immunologist in the department of environmental medicine at Nippon Medical School in Tokyo, on page 30:

“If you have time for a vacation, don’t go to a city. Go to a natural area. Try to go one weekend a month. Visit a park at least once a week. Gardening is good. On urban walks, try to walk under trees, not across fields. Go to a quiet place. Near water is also good.”

This book is so full of important and fascinating information that I wrote many pages about it! You will love it! Check it out now, and read it outdoors in nature!

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JLMason
Apr 04, 2018

This book provides a good overview of the state of research on the positive effects of exposure to nature on human health and well-being. It ranges from Japan, Korea, and Finland to Utah, Scotland, and Singapore comparing immersive, wild country experiences with a ramble in the local woods and a walk in a city park. Trees, particularly conifers, release anti-carcinogens into the air. ADHD may be a misdiagnosis of more active kids who in former times would have had their needs met by being outside exploring. Being in nature may help those with PTSD cope and heal. A good reference list allows further exploration of these topics.

debwalker Mar 31, 2018

The science behind the power of nature to heal the brain. Time to get out there.

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