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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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A Conversation with Florence Williams, author of The 3-Day Effect & The Nature Fix

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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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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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72-hours in Nature's Health Lab -- Sign me up!

What a natural treat! Launching from the solid science in the author's "The Nature Fix", we're guided into her Nature Labs where we hear the sounds, learn the stories and the meet real people into whom she is injecting a 3-Day dose of Nature. The broad array of audio captures are excellent. The author's passionate and humorous narration and interviews blend into a delight to be shared.

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Could have been better

I will start by saying I really liked The Nature Fix. This book, not so much. While I enjoyed hearing the stories from those she interviewed and could hear the effect their experience had on them, I didn't care to hear about the Divorce over and over. I have been divorced. It gets way better over time. The ability to look back and see it was for the better. The ability to see it really wasn't working. I heard it takes 1 year for every 5 you were married to fully get over it. For me that added up to 5 years and I have to say it was pretty accurate. The fact that it was all so fresh for her, it seemed the whole nature experience sounded forced. I kind of feel bad that survivors of sexual crimes and heroic PTSD survivors were compared to her divorce. What I felt about the divorce at the time is completely different then than what I do now. Honestly she should have gone out with a group that have gotten past bad divorces. You can't make a moment of AWE happen, it just does. You can look at something many times and only feel AWE once and that might be the 50th time you saw it. You have to be open to it....not planning for it to happen. Be joyful when it happens and feel the energy course through you and yell "Thank You". Her reaction to the view of the Bay seemed underwhelming. She saw the beauty but you could tell by her voice, not the AWE. Expected for someone who is more in her own mind then contemplating what natural event had to happen for her to see what she was seeing. I believe in forest bathing. I believe in the benefits of nature and vibrations of natural surroundings. I just feel that some time been spent on being more mindful of nature would have paid off ten fold. While nature would have an effect on anyone to some degree, I don't feel that going out into nature expecting it to fix you and your life will result in that. Put in the work of being mindful, of being grateful for everything around you, for the wonders of nature and the results can be miraculous instead of just lightening your mood. The difference is in just being out in nature and realizing you are part of it. This would have been much better as an add on to the prior book instead of a book of its own. I wish her luck with getting over the divorce.

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Absorbing Nature

Ever since I witnessed the beauty of the Grand Canyon, I was awestruck not only with its magnificent but it was a moment that allowed me to discover something enriching about absorbing Nature.
Honestly, I found religion with Nature, that day on the north rim looking into the canyon below and across the surrounding landscape of beauty that somehow healed all of whatever stressors were in my life.

Florence Williams novels, "The Nature Fix," and "The Three Day Effect," are essential reading for all humans who are stressed out, mentally and physically.
She identifies specific studies in Japan, and Korea, along with American researchers discovering and describing the effects of absorbing nature.

Florence Williams herself participated with others on various backpacking and hiking outings to reveals why it is essential for the body to absorb nature, no matter what your background or history of trauma, or, your social, economic environment.
More importantly, it is a simplistic and easy way for humans to heal, by merely taking a walk in the woods for three days if not three days straight return visit, in my opinion, several times weekly.

As an aspiring, unpublished author, the novel has strengthened my belief that I will continue my outdoor travels around the world focusing on the absorption of nature because creativity flows easier and more precise for the mind while healing the soul.

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Worth the listen.

The science and the anecdotes align. I'm a believer. Thanks to the folks who opened themselves up to share their stories.

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Spoiler alert**

Going outside for three days is good for you. That’s the entire book. Minus the justification and personal stories.

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