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  • Summary

  • The 3-Day Effect is a look at the science behind why being in the wild for a minimum of three days can make us happier, healthier and more creative. Whether it's rafting down Utah's Green River, backpacking in Colorado wilderness or strolling through Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., scientists are finding that immersions in nature can reduce anxiety, enhance creativity and boost overall well-being.

    Join science journalist Florence Williams in an immersive audio exploration of the mind and outdoors in six chapters following former Iraqi war veterans, sex trafficking survivors, and even a bookish nature hater journeying to the wild. Meet the innovative field researchers working to strengthen the science for a nature cure through real-time physiological, psychological and cognitive measures over three days outside.

    When you add The 3-Day Effect to your library you will receive all 6 episodes, each with a runtime of approximately 25 minutes. To hear more great podcasts and short listens, visit Audible.com/AudioShows.

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  • Sep 27 2018

    David Strayer, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Utah, noticed he gets his best ideas when he’s in the wilderness for three days, so he decided to study what he calls the Three Day Effect. Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix, takes him on a hike to learn more about what this research shows. She meets up with others who we’ll be following in this series, including veteran and activist Stacy Bare and writer Eric Weiner, who would much rather be darting in and out of cafes than river canyons. Florence, herself going through a divorce, signs on for a three-day research trip in the wilderness, hoping the emotional benefits will rub off.

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    21 mins
  • Sep 27 2018

    Can three days on a wild river help cure veterans with PTSD? In this chapter, Florence Williams alights on Utah's Green River with a group of veterans and the scientists who are studying their brains outside, including Stacy Bare from chapter one and researchers from the lab of David Strayer, cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Utah. Florence and the veterans talk about trauma and resilience while rafting, hiking and undergoing a series of experiments. They look at their brain waves over time and also test their cognitive performance.

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  • Sep 27 2018
    What if a lot of what we’ve heard about wilderness therapy is wrong? That it shouldn’t be about finding oneself through hardship and challenge, but about finding a place of comfort instead? Florence goes backpacking in Colorado with an all-women’s group of sex-trafficking survivors through She Is Able, a nonprofit based in Atlanta, Georgia. The women and their guides, along with therapists who specialize in trauma and wilderness therapy, upend everything she thought she knew.
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    35 mins

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If only it was this easy. . .

This is a well-researched title and totally reaffirmed my faith in the restorative powers of nature. If only it were simple enough to break away and if only there were more guide companies to offer this service. I tried to look up the ones listed in the book but did not find any of them.

One of the issues with being a woman and wanting to hike alone is the safety factor. If anyone knows of any companies that offer this service, let me know. Maybe I'll have to start one.

Good listen and even better medicine for everyone to follow.

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Lopsided View of Nature

This was a show about how nature can nurture. Veterans, women who suffered abuse and others are taken on three day camping trips. Scientists run tests to see if the effect actually works. While this is all well and good, the author needs to cover the downsides as well. Such as how many people go missing in the wild and other dangers most people don't hear about. I just completed a fascinating book by an author named Steve Israel, a veteran guide, hunter and outdoor enthusiast who wrote about his experiences and those of many others who encountered cry pride in the wild. The book is filled with reports from military vets, law enforcement officers, guides and park rangers, people who spend far more time, years for most and have far more knowledge about the wild and our place in nature. We are not top of the food chain out in the woods or desert. You can die in the wild. There have been a number of hikers who have gone missing or died unexpectedly this year. The Death in the parks books are eye openers. Irresponsible not to mention other more disturbing dangers.

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Incredible content

This was an enjoyable listen. The science is there, and Me. Williams did a great job of presenting it. If you aren’t thinking of more ways to spend time outside then you didn’t pay attention, listen to it again.

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Makes me want to get outside more!

I am not a big fan of camping but this was a cool listen that encouraged me to explore and get outdoors more. It makes me want to go to Utah and river raft. There were mentions of Salt Lake City Park and Green River Park. There also was a hiking trail that sounded very interesting... the Mansard Trail which is also in Utah. Since I will be visiting Utah very much over the next year or so...I now have some places to visit!

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Painful Overstatement of the Obvious

If you've become so detached from your true self, that you need to be reminded of such a concept.... you'll likely need more than 3 days. It's saddening to think that the majority of human beings see the natural world as a place to be visited. When in actuality, it's where we're truely at home.

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Nature data

I enjoyed the last episode of the this series glad to be listening the final episode

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10/10; Would Reccomend

This is a great podcast for anyone like myself who is feeling depressed and groggy and is wanting to find a realistic way of combatting all that naturally to be more at peace with oneself and life.

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Nature is AWEsome

Reminded me of Wild (Cheryl Strayed story of hiking the PCT), but with Science along for the ride. If you weren’t sure why you felt better after a camping trip, a weekend hike, or even a morning walk, this series will answer your question. Authentically & vulnerably narrated with life stories to connect to everyone.

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Enjoyed this!

I love the outdoors, and as a STEM student, I love the research & data tid bits. This was informative and inspiring. Now I understand why I feel amazing after being in nature and how nature affects the mind & body.

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Affirming

Loved this. Made me curious about the data and how to include this in my life and my therapy practice.

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  • papapownall
  • 11-22-19

Nature is good for you

The premise of this podcast series is that it is good for you to spend time outside and if you spend three days outside then it is really good for you. Many people who either work in the open air or have been camping, already know this. And most other people will not be particularly surprised by this conclusion either. The series takes the form of a several groups of people eg ex-military who are feeling stressed and are taken to the Great Outdoors for a few days to go for walks and eat Pringles at the end of which the universal feedback is that they feel better about themselves and their lives. This is further proven by putting electrodes on them and making them wear helmets that monitor their brain activity and, yes, you've guessed it, the scientific evidence shows that their brain activity and their health has improved too. It gets a bit monotonous after the first couple of episodes and there is an inordinate amount of time spent re-capping on the previous show and previewing future shows which gets a bit irritating after a while. Even though it was free, I found this series to be annoying. Perhaps I should spend a bit more time outdoors.

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  • Chris F
  • 10-30-18

We need more of this

Really engaging series working with different groups / individuals who've all had trauma of some kind (PTSD/sex trafficking/depression) and measuring the impact that nature has on their mental wellbeing. Very accessible research with a simple yet profound message that we should all be following.

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  • Geoffb
  • 10-15-18

I loved this

I really enjoyed this series and listened to them all in quick succession. Florence Williams takes us on a fascinating journey hearing how nature can positively impact upon people who need to rebalance or heal.

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  • Brogan Rose Lynde
  • 01-29-19

Great perspective!

Really eye opening and positive podcast. Would definitely recommend to anyone who has mental health issues or is unsure of themselves

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  • Mr. J J
  • 04-03-19

Inspired my morning commute by 30min walk.

This audio tape helped me to come out of my comfort zone to make my work commute an enjoyable one next to the riverside. A 30 min morning and eve walk helped me to refresh my brain. It helped our relationship, after an argument if we can't get to a conclusion we do for a walk. When we come back we are both different people, not angry or upset. The issue just dissolves by itself. This should be applied in schools as a mandatory subject, to be out in nature 1 hr every week at least.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-25-19

Struggled to finish. Wasn't what I was expecting

Struggled to finish as it wasn't what I expected. I thought this would be a spiritual awakening experience but sadly not.

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  • springerlady
  • 11-20-19

disapointing

if hoped for hearing more about nature but the stories if the participants were distressing and the scientific side not very satisfying

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  • 04-01-22

Have to practise this now!

This has reinforced my own awareness of the benefits of being outside. I’ve shared some of the findings with my students… this is such a great opportunity to appreciate what can be taken for granted.

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  • Windsor Gal
  • 09-04-21

Inspiring Podcast

I totally get it! 3 days in nature and being still is also Biblical (Be still and know that I am God) from the Psalms. Really recommend this podcast.

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  • Sandra88
  • 05-22-21

Very interesting

A joy to listen to an awe-affirming study. Keep up the good work, Florence. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-22-20

Confirmation Bias Played As Infotainment

Premise: The belief of the presenter that time in nature makes your brain better.
Test: Lots of talk about scientists being sciencey. No discussion on the validity of the "science". No discussion on falsifiable hypotheses. No discussion even on the results of the experiment. Direct input of bias from the researchers when conducting measurements and surveys.
Results: NO VALID CONCLUSION.
This whole series repeats audio clips throughout to push key ideas but fails to back up any assertions made.
Results professed could likely be due to removing participants from their routine, local environment, normal responsibility, social inputs, personal goals and success measurements, or numerous other factors. There is no following up on results.
The talk of scientific equipment and data has no depth and is not referred back to for any conclusions.

While the data collected may have shown strong causal relationships that support the presenter's original assumptions, such relationships were not mentioned. Instead it was all based from the assumptions, with the "scientist's" stated goal being to prove the premise was correct.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-20-19

The talking is constantly overlapping

I love the content of this. unfortunately it's been edited in such a way that the narration is constantly overlapping with tho other content and it's unpleasant to listen to

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-13-19

To repetitive

Very repetitive and limited in its presentation and information. A very long winded way to pass on a very small piece of information.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-20

a bit targeted

maybe ok for people with ptsd. but not ur general well being podcast... deleted after half an episode.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-19-19

charming

the science.is light on, but the story is sweet and worthwhile as it is inspiring

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-19

great topic - didn't deliver on the goods

I was keen to listen to this but it quite story bussed and anechdotal rather than going through the research. missed opportunity

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  • tim frodsham
  • 10-08-20

revealing

super! memorable & moving. very authentic. helpful. diverse stories reflecting healing powers of our nature.

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  • Stephanie
  • 06-04-20

inspiring and thoughtful

loved it! found it really insightful and challenging! would hightly recommend to anyone struggling with anything mental.

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  • Sabrina Toh
  • 03-24-20

Easy listen and very interesting

Would have loved a solid conclusion as to whether the 3 day effect is scientifically proven but really enjoyed the exploration of the theory anyway.

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  • Lothar
  • 02-11-20

Easy listening, enjoyable but not gripping

A nice listen and interesting, but somehow lacking a sense of satisfaction. A nice introduction to the topic. Mostly people's experiences but lacking depth of information.