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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!


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    Elan Sun Star Hawaii 04-25-17
    Elan Sun Star Hawaii 04-25-17 Member Since 2015

    Professional teacher and photographer with background in journalism and music and fine art as well as recreating "education" and learning

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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.


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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Vickie Chiodo-Maung 05-24-17
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    "Connect to Nature: Have Fun & Gain Mega Benefits!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    What could have been dry, academic scientific information, was presented in a playful, humorous manner. I felt the author wants us to enjoy receiving the information in her book in the same way she suggests we enjoy interacting with nature. The narrator exactly matched the author's spirit. I really enjoyed listening to her and it felt as though the author was talking to me directly. I found it amazing to know how deeply we are connected to nature and how it affects our health and vitality, giving us so many previously unknown benefits. It was very encouraging to know that, for example, that forays into nature: increase one's killer-T cells (they fight cancer), help increase our focus and creativity, lessening ADHD, as well as many issues in society. The scientific studies (many that she participated in) that was fun to listen to. The only draw back for me was that the book seemed a tad bit too long. If she could keep all the main points and the stories, but shaved it down a little, I would have liked it even better. Overall, though it was such a crucially important and extremely enjoyable listen.


    Have you listened to any of Emily Woo Zeller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I have listened to three other performances: the life-changing magic of tidying up, Mountain to Mountain, and The Making of Asian America. In seeking out more of her narrations, I stumbled across this book. They all have the same high quality to them - each sentence she speaks seems well-thought out and represents the author's spirit. I think she is very funny and has a refreshing quality to her narrations. The books she read were all cutting edge material by women, which I also enjoyed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved to know how seriously various countries are taking our connection, because they understand the profound implication. It was very moving to hear how much money and effort they are making and the results. I like the story of the Japanese business men who spend 3 days in nature and find their blood pressure, mood and outlook changed for over 1 month was moving. I also loved the part about the "ADHD" children and youth who were seen and treated in a whole new light that was very empowering. Finally, I was moved to hear that our connection to nature is so inherent, such a fundamental element to our happiness and enjoyment of life.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the very end. There is so much life-changing information

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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.

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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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    Todd 02-26-17
    Todd 02-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting"

    Interesting book. Nothing earth shattering but it brings out how important nature is in many parts of our lives.

    0 of 2 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 3 people found this review helpful

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