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Publisher's Summary

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; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature's positive effects on the brain. From forest trails in Korea to islands in Finland to groves of eucalyptus in California, Williams investigates the science at the confluence of environment, mood, health, and creativity. Delving into completely new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and ultimately strengthen our relationships. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas - and the answers they yield - are more urgent than ever.

©2017 Florence Williams (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Fascinating research presented in an enjoyable manner

While the benefits of nature to humans seems blind, bleedin' obvious to many of us, this is great stuff to see shown in different kinds of research that can translate into urban and wilderness policy and planning. No longer can we dismiss this as just whining from 'tree-huggers'. The benefits are wired into us through our neurological and physiological responses. One of the most fascinating benefits of nature is for people with ADD and PTSD as balancing and healing. The only downside of audiobooks like these is that you want to see the references list. I'll likely listen to this a few times as there's a lot of great information in here and the author has a good sense of humour. Very well narrated, with emotive, enthusiastic expression.

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  • Nic
  • 05-05-2018

compulsory reading for all city planners

You are what you see, what you see, becomes your emotion. emotions are what you consume. more nature = happy healthy people.

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Revelatory and beautiful

I have lived the way this book has me focusing on how to get more time in nature. The studied benefits and huge increases in physical and mental well-being from time in nature is both fascinating and also has a primal understandable aspect.

Read this book - better yet, listen to it while outside!

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Great book

Well researched material wound together with great writing and presentation. Inspiring and just super enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-03-2017

a bit disappointed

the book wasn't to bad. however I found that she repeated herself many times. which I found boring. she did make some good points but over all it all could have been said in two chapters.

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  • Damian
  • 02-07-2018

great book check it out. Biophilia ftw!

A very important topic. We need to recognize the power of nature and it's effects on us.

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  • Garden123
  • 19-02-2018

Written for Americans

A lot of good science and research but unfortunately it is often followed through by some low grade American “funny” comments which degrade an otherwise decent book.

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  • Jack Charles Evans
  • 01-12-2017

The Nature Fix

Worth persevering through the first three quarters, as the last quarter was immensely insightful, valuable and moving. Jack Evans.

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  • donwyn
  • 07-09-2017

Fascinating read that will have you heading outside

Really interesting and entertaining book. I would highly recommend. Good scientific research and storytelling brings the people behind the research to life.

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  • kay ribbons
  • 17-09-2017

wonderful

Loved this book. It's one of those books that I will keep coming back to.
though the narrator and her impersonations was rather annoying.

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