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The 3-Day Effect

Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (220 ratings)

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The 3-Day Effect is a look at the science behind why being in the wild for a minimum of three days can make us happier, healthier and more creative. Whether it’s rafting down Utah’s Green River, backpacking in Colorado wilderness or strolling through Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., scientists are finding that immersions in nature can reduce anxiety, enhance creativity and boost overall well-being.  

Join science journalist Florence Williams in an immersive audio exploration of the mind and outdoors in six chapters following former Iraqi war veterans, sex trafficking survivors, and even a bookish nature hater journeying to the wild. Meet the innovative field researchers working to strengthen the science for a nature cure through real-time physiological, psychological and cognitive measures over three days outside. 

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Critic Reviews

"Williams and her team achieve a smart balance between the scientific and the personal, the result being an illuminating and engaging series that illustrates nature's capacity to sooth the soul." (Financial Times)

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Confirmation Bias Played As Infotainment

Premise: The belief of the presenter that time in nature makes your brain better. Test: Lots of talk about scientists being sciencey. No discussion on the validity of the "science". No discussion on falsifiable hypotheses. No discussion even on the results of the experiment. Direct input of bias from the researchers when conducting measurements and surveys. Results: NO VALID CONCLUSION. This whole series repeats audio clips throughout to push key ideas but fails to back up any assertions made. Results professed could likely be due to removing participants from their routine, local environment, normal responsibility, social inputs, personal goals and success measurements, or numerous other factors. There is no following up on results. The talk of scientific equipment and data has no depth and is not referred back to for any conclusions. While the data collected may have shown strong causal relationships that support the presenter's original assumptions, such relationships were not mentioned. Instead it was all based from the assumptions, with the "scientist's" stated goal being to prove the premise was correct.

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The talking is constantly overlapping

I love the content of this. unfortunately it's been edited in such a way that the narration is constantly overlapping with tho other content and it's unpleasant to listen to

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To repetitive

Very repetitive and limited in its presentation and information. A very long winded way to pass on a very small piece of information.

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charming

the science.is light on, but the story is sweet and worthwhile as it is inspiring

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great topic - didn't deliver on the goods

I was keen to listen to this but it quite story bussed and anechdotal rather than going through the research. missed opportunity

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revealing

super! memorable & moving. very authentic. helpful. diverse stories reflecting healing powers of our nature.

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inspiring and thoughtful

loved it! found it really insightful and challenging! would hightly recommend to anyone struggling with anything mental.

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Easy listen and very interesting

Would have loved a solid conclusion as to whether the 3 day effect is scientifically proven but really enjoyed the exploration of the theory anyway.

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Easy listening, enjoyable but not gripping

A nice listen and interesting, but somehow lacking a sense of satisfaction. A nice introduction to the topic. Mostly people's experiences but lacking depth of information.

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a bit targeted

maybe ok for people with ptsd. but not ur general well being podcast... deleted after half an episode.

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  • 06-01-2019

Gave up before end. Case studies too predictable

Addresses the simple truth that we need contact with nature to live happy and balanced lives. Annoying background music to add to pathos. Doesn't reinforce anything but fills in for absence of substance.

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  • Chris F
  • 30-10-2018

We need more of this

Really engaging series working with different groups / individuals who've all had trauma of some kind (PTSD/sex trafficking/depression) and measuring the impact that nature has on their mental wellbeing. Very accessible research with a simple yet profound message that we should all be following.

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  • Geoffb
  • 15-10-2018

I loved this

I really enjoyed this series and listened to them all in quick succession. Florence Williams takes us on a fascinating journey hearing how nature can positively impact upon people who need to rebalance or heal.

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  • papapownall
  • 22-11-2019

Nature is good for you

The premise of this podcast series is that it is good for you to spend time outside and if you spend three days outside then it is really good for you. Many people who either work in the open air or have been camping, already know this. And most other people will not be particularly surprised by this conclusion either. The series takes the form of a several groups of people eg ex-military who are feeling stressed and are taken to the Great Outdoors for a few days to go for walks and eat Pringles at the end of which the universal feedback is that they feel better about themselves and their lives. This is further proven by putting electrodes on them and making them wear helmets that monitor their brain activity and, yes, you've guessed it, the scientific evidence shows that their brain activity and their health has improved too. It gets a bit monotonous after the first couple of episodes and there is an inordinate amount of time spent re-capping on the previous show and previewing future shows which gets a bit irritating after a while. Even though it was free, I found this series to be annoying. Perhaps I should spend a bit more time outdoors.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-01-2019

Great perspective!

Really eye opening and positive podcast. Would definitely recommend to anyone who has mental health issues or is unsure of themselves

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  • Gemma
  • 16-11-2018

Very interesting

An interesting listen, many ideas and theories about the benefits of being in the great outdoors with scientific evidence and research to back up the claims. An easy listen and great ideas that I can apply to me own life. Glad I listen. Thank you

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  • dale bridge
  • 05-11-2018

Awesome

Fascinating about the effects of being in nature on the body, especially especially on the heartbeat. Excited to try this for myself. Hope Florence makes more episodes!

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  • Mr. J J
  • 03-04-2019

Inspired my morning commute by 30min walk.

This audio tape helped me to come out of my comfort zone to make my work commute an enjoyable one next to the riverside. A 30 min morning and eve walk helped me to refresh my brain. It helped our relationship, after an argument if we can't get to a conclusion we do for a walk. When we come back we are both different people, not angry or upset. The issue just dissolves by itself. This should be applied in schools as a mandatory subject, to be out in nature 1 hr every week at least.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-02-2019

Struggled to finish. Wasn't what I was expecting

Struggled to finish as it wasn't what I expected. I thought this would be a spiritual awakening experience but sadly not.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-12-2018

wow

So so interesting! Really important research with potentially huge impact for trauma informed working. If you're interested in this kind of thing you won't be disappointed!

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