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Spending more time in nature is good for you in both direct and subtle ways. It lowers your stress level, improves your health, and boosts your creativity. Nature touches your sense of awe and your awareness of being part of something bigger than your daily life. You don’t have to dump your digital devices; you can find balance simply by getting outdoors. Outside magazine contributing editor Florence Williams’s message is that nature therapy – turning to nature to soothe and heal – needs public support to push government to fund programs and to urge the health care industry to endorse and underwrite the therapeutic benefits of being outdoors. She cites government programs in Finland, Japan, Korea and Singapore. Williams tells of her personal struggles to find health and harmony in today’s amped-up urban world. She reports on research and projects worth revisiting, though the book lacks an index to help you get back to the information. getAbstract recommends her compelling tale of how she came to understand how and why nature heals. She’ll make you want to take that hike.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the environment physiologically and psychologically affects human beings,
  • How scientific research describes the relationship between people and nature, and
  • How you can improve your health and well-being via “nature therapy.”
 

About the Author

Outside magazine contributing editor Florence Williams won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science and Technology. Her first book, Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, was a New York Times Notable Book in 2012.

 

Summary

A Prescription for Urban Ailments

The Japanese call it shinrin yoku – “forest bathing.” In Korean, it’s salim yok. The Finnish call it metsänpeitto – “covered by the forest.” Cultures around the world honor the human bond with nature. Study results show that nature positively affects people’s mental, spiritual and physical health. The empirical results come from psychological tests and physiological sensors that capture changes in brains and body functions outdoors. Scientists are becoming more precise and creative in finding out about nature’s impact. For example, if you’re hospitalized, request a bed by a window. It will help you recover faster.

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