Do you hang out in nature enough?
I only ask because of Florence Williams' groundbreaking work, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative. This book describes, in detail, the relation that humans have to nature and what it can genuinely do for us.
Florence Williams takes on a gigantic task of uncovering the truth behind nature's powers. Can nature make us happier, healthier, and more creative? By traveling all over the world and digging into complicated research, Williams presents the audience with evidence supporting the thesis. Yes, nature can do all these things. However, this book goes into far more detail and discussion relating to the power of nature.
Williams recognizes, first-hand, the challenges of getting enough time in nature when our current society is moving indoors for longer periods of time. After moving to Washington DC from Colorado, Williams experiences a bit of natural whiplash - and she feels the strains. The city is crowded, noisy, and has less green space than she is accustomed to. And, her stress levels show it.
By taking on this assignment, Williams is able to travel across the United States and abroad to look for evidence that suggests individuals and cities need to prioritize nature. According to the book, scientists have found evidence that nature has a powerful affect on our brains, our health, and our overall well-being.
She takes readers through scientific and medical research, as well as philosophical discussions of the late great poets and thinkers. She uses evidence that shows how nature is powerful because of how it engages our senses - mainly smell, sound, and sight. She takes part as a participant and/or a journalist in several nature studies that take her rambling through the woods, healing forests, and raging rivers.
As a journalist, she provides keen insight, as well as honest reflections on her experiences. What worked for her and what did not. For instance, as someone who spends time outdoors more regularly than most, she discovered it takes more time for her to show the effects of being in nature as opposed to city dwellers who responded more swiftly. With humorous anecdotes of her adventures and open discussion, readers appreciate her take on the concept. She provides evidence that clearly supports the idea that nature does, in fact, make us happier, healthier, and more creative.
In this detailed summary and analysis of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, you'll enjoy:
1. What Forest Bathing is, and why it is important for our well-being.
2. Why we think best out in nature.
3. How your body reacts to sounds throughout the day AND night, whether you are sleeping or not.
4. What beautiful singing birds can do for you.
and much more!
One of my personally FAVORITE summaries, hands down. Grab it today!
NOTE TO READERS: This is a summary and analysis companion book. This is not Florence Williams' original book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and Calmer. We strongly encourage you to purchase the original text as well.