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The Nature Fix Audiobook

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

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For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature's positive effects on the brain. From forest trails in Korea to islands in Finland to groves of eucalyptus in California, Williams investigates the science at the confluence of environment, mood, health, and creativity. Delving into completely new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and ultimately strengthen our relationships. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas - and the answers they yield - are more urgent than ever.

©2017 Florence Williams (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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    Mrs.Baz 12345 Chatham, NJ 04-20-17
    Mrs.Baz 12345 Chatham, NJ 04-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I've always felt better being outside"
    What made the experience of listening to The Nature Fix the most enjoyable?

    This book hit many nerves for me. I've always felt better being outside. I've always loved to stand beneath trees, to linger at the edge of the sea, to touch the cool water of streams, to walk upon soft leaves instead of pavement. It has always calmed me down, perked me up, made my worries and pressures feel like nothing. After reading The Nature Fix, I know why. There is a vast amount of scientific study showing that all of these things reduce our stress hormones and blood pressure, elevate our internal disease-defeating processes, stimulate the body to fight off toxins, excite the happy centers of the brain and subdue the negative reflexes in the brain. Did you know that many trees emit immune responses into the air when attacked by insects and other animals? Humans have adapted over millions of years to benefit from these 'phytoncydes,' too. We evolved in nature, amid the trees, fresh air, soil and sea -- these elements promoted our well being. Have you ever thought about why you love the smell of fresh Christmas trees? -- conifers produce oils that are highly beneficial to breathe in. Penicillin is a miracle drug, right? -- but there is a vaster mix of fungi in our environment that our bodies and brains respond beautifully to. What's the most beautiful place you've ever been? Chances are, it involves sunsets, clear water or mountains, and that is because these kinds of settings are literally making us healthy. Far more so than urban environments -- though urban parks and 'daylighted' streams do wonders for our health too. Is your screensaver a photo of a landscape or of your children smiling in your yard or at the beach? There is strong medical and biochemical evidence that being outdoors in nature makes us stronger, healthier, happier and more creative, from average adults, to PTSD-impacted military veterans to children with developmental issues, and certainly all children, from the youngest age to the oldest among us. Wonderful book. I'm sure it will help you lead a happier and healthier life!


    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Bangkok, Thailand 03-18-17
    Paul Bangkok, Thailand 03-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Yes!...and No!"

    The sheer breadth and depth of information presented in this well-organized work was impressive. The arguments, backed at times with a blizzard of statistics, plowed through various scientific and academic circles to present an argument that intuitively seems correct: we evolved outdoors and our increasingly indoor, screen-obsessed culture is wreaking an awful toll on us, and particularly on our children. Fair enough.

    But the author, abetted by a way too chirpy, sing-song narrator, struggled to cover her lack of science street cred with cringeworthy puns and swipes clothed in condescending asides at more fringe views of our relation with nature. The result leaves the reader unsure of what to take seriously, what is a joke or what is between the two? The narrator's forced joviality and unnecessary excursions up and down the sonic scale seriously detracted from the substance of the work. I needed to take frequent breaks from listening, during which I wondered if buying the print version of Nature Fix would not have been a better choice.

    Bottom line: a good work and well worth the time to read but perhaps not to listen to.

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    Judith Iacuzzi 05-28-17
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    "nature fix was fascinating!"

    loved it! enjoyed wide lens that revealed how nature breeds health and wellbeing worldwide. insightful and probing.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Elan Sun Star Hawaii 04-25-17
    Elan Sun Star Hawaii 04-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More C"
    What made the experience of listening to The Nature Fix the most enjoyable?

    The best book I have read on the diverse elements that make Nature our healer of choice.
    The research and data are worth the purchase and the many reasons why you should incorporate more time in Nature or garden or forest or ocean is convincing to say the least.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michigan girl 04-07-17
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    "What are you waiting for?"

    Something for all humans to consider and incorporate into our personal experiences. Well researched and written. My first Kindle audio plus book to switch as desired. Excellent narration.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Baird 03-11-17
    Emily Baird 03-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "So interesting!"

    The book was scientifically supporting by putting numbers and science to all of the feelings and emotions that I have in nature! I learned so much!

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    Desert Reader Mountainair, NM 10-16-17
    Desert Reader Mountainair, NM 10-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Perfectly Anthropocentric"

    Simplistically, boringly, anthropocentric. The narration is overacted, in keeping with the nature of the book, I suppose.

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    Linda 10-07-17
    Linda 10-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "An important message"

    A great gathering of information and research to remind the world of the great importance of preserving and visiting our green places.

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    Arttu Marttinen 09-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The Nature Fix, pragmatic Finn's perspective"

    I don't believe anything that can't be backed up by facts, a wide variety of studies and as much data as possible.
    I'm fact-driven and I've always believed that there's a special place for those "three huggers" and after going through this book I can honestly say that I've been wrong about so many things.

    Being in the nature does seem to have a boost on your positivity, creativity and general happiness. This doesn't mean that you should live in the woods but most of you can integrate forest, or at least parks, into your daily life. Most people take a walk daily, some go for a run, why not head to the forest (assuming there's a trail) or the closest park, there's a difference, go and see for yourself!

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Raquel Silva 07-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great audio of a well-written book!"

    This is a well-written summary of the benefits of exposure to natural environments - a wealth of science packed in flowing storytelling for general audiences.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    3/21/17
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    "a bit disappointed"

    the book wasn't to bad. however I found that she repeated herself many times. which I found boring. she did make some good points but over all it all could have been said in two chapters.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • donwyn
    9/7/17
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    "Fascinating read that will have you heading outside"

    Really interesting and entertaining book. I would highly recommend. Good scientific research and storytelling brings the people behind the research to life.

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  • kay ribbons
    9/17/17
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    "wonderful"

    Loved this book. It's one of those books that I will keep coming back to.
    though the narrator and her impersonations was rather annoying.

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