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

By Florence Williams

Our modern digital world has pulled many of us away from nature’s beauty and soothing silence, while we also often report feeling disconnected or down. Intrigued by stories about the world's great thinkers and their communions with nature for inspiration and insight, neuroscientist Florence Williams shows why and how a walk in the woods (or similar escape) is not only good for the heart, but also good for the mind and the soul.

[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

Florence Williams, keen observer, deft writer, creates a fascinating mosaic here. What are the costs to us of humanity s increasing disconnection from nature? What are the likely benefits to us of retaining that threatened connection? Large.

-David Quammen, New York Times best-selling author of Spillover

The Nature Fix is a beautifully written, thoroughly enjoyable exposition of a major principle of human life now supported by evidence in biology, psychology, and medicine.

-Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University


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About the Hardcover

Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Publish date 02/07/2017
Pages 304
ISBN-13 9780393242713
ISBN-10 0393242714
Language English