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

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

by Florence Williams


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393355574
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/20/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 19,144
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Florence 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Cordial Air 1

Part 1 Looking for Nature Neurons

1 The Biophilia Effect 17

2 How Many Neuroscientists Does It Take to Find a Stinking Milkvetch? 33

Part 2 Nearby Nature: The First Five Minutes

3 The Smell of Survival 59

4 Birdbrain 85

5 Box of Rain 105

Part 3 Five Hours a Month

6 You May Squat Down and Feel a Plant 131

7 Garden of Hedon 149

8 Rambling On 169

Part 4 Backcountry Brain

9 Get Over Yourself: Wilderness, Creativity and the Power of Awe 187

10 Water on the Brain 203

11 Please Pass the Hacksaw 221

Part 5 The City in a Garden

12 Nature for the Rest of Us 241

Epilogue 253

Acknowledgments 259

Notes 261

Illustration Credits 281

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The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
stickerooniDM More than 1 year ago
People are happy, healthier, and do better overall (in school, at work, etc) when they are able to be exposed to a natural environment (woodlands or waterways) and there's plenty of documentation to back this up. Now you can either take that one sentence and move forward or you can sit and read a 300 page book and come away with the same thought. Your choice. The subtitle for this book is: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative. Author Florence Williams does give us some of the scientific evidence to answer the question of 'why' and she's clearly explored a few different studies into the effects of nature on the human psyche. But why do we need this book? I picked up this book even though I'm already a strong believer in the need for fresh air and the outdoor environment. I personally would rather be hiking through a woods or sitting on a beach shore than just about anywhere else. I don't need convincing in the effects of the outdoors. This book isn't for me. But I'm no fool. I know that there are many people (more than half the population as of 2008, according to this book) who live in metropolitan areas who don't get to experience nature. So is this book for them? Is this going to change the mind of the shut-in or the city dweller who doesn't experience a walk among trees or a long a shore? "Oh...I didn't realize there was scientific evidence..."? Most urbanites, in my mind, don't get out into nature because they either can't or they don't know where or how to go. The scientific evidence that they need to go isn't the motivation that they need. No ... this book is more for the self-confirming - to maybe justify why we head out for a picnic on a Saturday instead of cleaning out the furnace room or doing a little work at home to catch up. I can't imagine who I would give this book to. My outdoorsy family doesn't need it, and my city-dwelling family wouldn't care about it. Some of the material is presented in a straight-forward, rather dry style and the early chapters where a bit of a chore to read. The later chapters were more engaging and felt like a breath of fresh air. Still, while I agreed with the conclusions presented, I was left wondering why this book would be important or a must-read. I haven't come up with any answers. Looking for a good book? The Nature Fix by Florence Williams is a hard look at the documented importance of finding time to spend in nature, but the book is self-affirming to those who already spend time outside and unlikely to convince anyone else of the need. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
The-Ranger More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend reading this book, preferably outside, under a tree, in nature. Florence Williams has done an outstanding job in describing the benefits of nature and the positive effects upon humankind. I would have given it FIVE STARS but at times I got lost in some of her examples such as fractals. Had to go to outside sources to try and better understand what she was saying. This is an important book, especially since our current administration is so anti-environment. Maybe Williams has given us enough examples how nature benefits those with PTSD, kids with ADHD, people suffering depression, or our young people who are getting farther away from nature living a life of phone, notebook, and computer screens. This is a must-have book as I find myself going back time and again to re-read important segments. A shortcoming, no index. Makes it hard to re-find information. Let's hope her book influences some more people to seek out nature.