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The 3-Day Effect

Narrated by: Florence Williams
Length: 3 hrs
4 out of 5 stars (13,836 ratings)

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Does nature really make us feel better? The 3-Day Effect takes a look at the science behind why being in the wild can make us happier, healthier, and more creative. Whether it’s rafting down Utah’s Green River, hiking in Utah’s wilderness, or walking through Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC, scientists are finding that the more exposure humans have to nature, the more we can benefit from reduced anxiety, enhanced creativity, and overall well-being. 

Trek with science journalist Florence Williams and researchers as we guide former war veterans, sex trafficking survivors, and even a nature hater on three-day excursions to the wild to see how being outdoors offers something like a miracle cure for an array of serious and everyday ailments. They wire themselves up to see what happens under the vast sky.

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Lots of opinions

I was expecting a lot more of the science behind what happens at a cellular level when in nature. Instead, this book is mostly personal experiences about people going through hard times and how camping in the woods for 3 days helped them.

292 of 312 people found this review helpful

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I really enjoyed this

Clearly a compiled podcast but excellent story. Very poignant in places, found myself getting teary eyed. That said, there was quite a bit of repetition and it was a bit disjointed. Still, I'd recommend it as a good, quick read. I was hoping for a clearer outcome on the science part... It ends up being much less scienc-y than I thought it would be, which is found disappointing.

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anecdotes without a proper rationale.

a waste of time. the idea of getting away for 3 days obviously helps irrespective of where you go so her idea of nature is not proven at all and all this becomes is a 3 hour journey of anecdotes with no real value.

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A good example of bad experimentation

This is a good example of how if the variables of a experiment aren't well controlled, the results can be very misleading. In this book the author test her idea of nature being good for health; but introduces so many uncontrolled variables that the result although is the expected, is not clear to be thanks to nature.

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Lots of Potential, But Missed the Mark

Had the potential to be a little better. Everything with the veterans and battered women was incredible, but I found myself very annoyed when the investigator kept comparing her divorce to a similar level of suffering as the before mentioned groups. While I know divorce is challenging and it can feel like everything is ending, I can't entertain a conversation where it is being compared to those who were physically or sexually abused or suffer from PTSD post war/battle.

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Little substance

A few stories that got repeated/ Author is going through a divorce FYI. Based on the title I was expecting more scientific facts, What I got was a story about what the author did for 3 days a few different times
In a nut shell being out in nature is good. No meat to this book

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In AWE!

What an amazing piece! It’s left me with the WOW effect! And I predict I’ll visit listening to this piece often. It was food for my mind, heart, and soul. Thank you!

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This Ecotherapist loved this series!

I just loved this audio series. I couldn't turn it off and haven't been able to stop thinking about it.

I spent part of my 20s working in southern Utah at a wilderness survival school for troubled teens. I've been all of the country, but Utah is by far my favorite place. I could see the amazing views and smell the juniper while listening to the series. I have read many books on the nature-health connection including The Nature Fix (which I love!) but the audio book is such an interesting and wonderful way to connect deeper to the story. I loved listening to the voices of the folks interviewed, hearing the emotion and the rawness of the experience. Listening to the sounds of nature. I felt like I was there.

Plus the 3 day effect concept really resonated with me. I teach a graduate level class on Ecotherapy for future mental health practitioners. I've been trying to figure out how and what to incorporate into my Ecotherapy class for an immersive experience. I will definitely be adding a 3 day outdoor excursion for future courses.

I also commend Florence's bravery with sharing her pain and vulnerability throughout the series. I connected on a deeper level to the series based on her honesty.

I have shared this series with everyone I know. Thank you!

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firat few minutes.

incoherent and felt more like pseudoscience, in my own opinion, felt subjective and biased, not properly trying to disprove the thesis.

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Wonderful exploration of nature and us

This is a in depth and caring look at how we relate to nature. With a host who’s open about her own vulnerabilities and characters who are present and alive, this podcast really explains the complex way we relate to and learn from the world outdoors.

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