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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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    Amazon Customer 21/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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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
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    donwyn 07/09/2017
    donwyn 07/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kay ribbons 17/09/2017
    kay ribbons 17/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Mrs.Baz 12345
    Chatham, NJ
    20/04/17
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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!


    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Bangkok, Thailand
    18/03/17
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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.

    49 of 52 people found this review helpful
  • Judith Iacuzzi
    28/05/17
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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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Elan Sun Star
    Hawaii
    25/04/17
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    "Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More C"
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    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.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Michigan girl
    07/04/17
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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
  • Emily Baird
    11/03/17
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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!

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Curtis Hill
    21/11/17
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    "Excellent information and very interesting!"

    I found the information extremely interesting and the author was engaging. The performance was excellent as well. Books like these are a guilty pleasure because they feed both my mind and my soul.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jenb
    ROANOKE, VA, US
    18/11/17
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    "Absolutely loved!"

    I bought this book on whim and I am so glad I did. I absolutely loved it. I felt like the author was speaking to me like a friend and telling me stories with a purpose. It has changed the way I think about nature. I want to be in it more and really enjoy it. You won't regret listening to this book. It will make you think differently about sitting inside all day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    15/11/17
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    "Exactly what you think it should be"

    We all know nature & getting outside is good for us, but this is a thorough explanation of why, with insights into what people are doing around the world. It's also pretty inspirational if you need to remind yourself that going outside for a bit will make you more efficient, smarter and ultimately pay for itself in terms of saving time. With some great ideas to put into practice, read the epilogue first!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G. Koelln
    Queens, NY
    15/11/17
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    "Everyone should read or listen to this book!"

    It could change the world! And the performance is excellent. Run out and get your hands on it now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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