The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

Category: Book
By (author): Williams, Florence
Subject:  NATURE / Essays
  PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
  SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Ecology
  SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Human Anatomy & Physiology
Publisher: WW Norton
Published: March 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*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.
Review Quote*[Williams] presents the benefits of spending time outdoors . . . entertainingly but with enough scientific detail to satisfy the expert. - New York Times Book Review

[A] lively exploration of what modern research has to say about the myriad health benefits of the great outdoors. . . Ms. Williams resists the tendency of so much nature writing towards easy epiphanies, adopting a tone that is, instead, pleasingly puckish. . . [She] puzzles out the pros and cons, concluding, on balance, that there's a good case for connecting with nature to extend both the quantity and quality of life. . . - Danny Heitman (Wall Street Journal)

Engaging. - San Francisco Chronicle

Williams's findings are eminently reassuring. - Atlantic

[A] scientific tour de Mother Earth. . . . The Nature Fix offers a cross-continental rumination on nature's feel-good effects in a world that's increasingly concrete-centric. - Portland Monthly

[Williams] makes a compelling argument for time outdoors. She takes a refreshing approach, including ‘forest bathing' (the Japanese custom of a sensory walk in the woods); ecotherapy in Scotland; and how nature can produce the same effects as mind-altering drugs. Thought-provoking and excellent. - BBC Wildlife

Chock-full of insights about the health benefits of spending time in nature. (It turns out that lying on the beach is good for you.) - Rohan Silva (Guardian)

Williams is an elegant yet witty writer, and she makes a terrific guide. - Success Magazine

A veteran journalist, Williams flexes her conditioned reporting muscles. . . . Her fast-paced book takes readers across three continents as she trails all kinds of experts, from phycologists to foresters. - Earth Island Journal

A thoughtful, refreshing book with a simple but powerful message. - Kirkus Reviews

[A] powerful environmental call to arms. - Publishers Weekly
Biographical NoteFlorence Williams is a journalist and contributing editor to Outside magazine. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, and National Geographic among others. Her first book, Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2012 and the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science and Technology. Williams lives in Washington, DC.