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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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Episodes
  • Ep. 1: A Wild Antidote

    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
  • Ep. 2: Floating Through PTSD

    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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    28 mins
  • Ep. 3: A Place of Comfort

    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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Very interesting

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

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nature is the best

this original series really describes how much nature can change someone's mental state and trauma

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  • B.A. Lopez
  • 08-11-20

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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  • Admiralu
  • 16-10-20

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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  • BJ Peace
  • 12-09-20

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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  • Laura Costa
  • 13-09-20

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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  • Nichele
  • 28-07-21

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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  • 18-07-21

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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  • Kim Wyatt
  • 09-06-21

Amazing

The scientific proof here is incredible! I enjoyed this book very much and have used it and shared it’s information.

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  • Abbynichole
  • 31-05-21

I want to go outside...right now!

The stories being told were more moving than the woven-in story of the author/narrator. (No offense intended.) However, the fact that she was going through a major life change is what fueled her passion for the project.
While I found the study of the effect of nature interesting, as is pointed out several times, the sample size is small. So, if you are looking for definitive scientific proof, this isn't that. What it IS is entertaining and motivating. Motivating to change your norm, help your brain rewire itself, slow down, be grateful.
The storyline is structured well and an easy listen. I would recommend.

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  • Justin W.
  • 16-05-21

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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  • David
  • 22-04-21

Just great

totally recommended, I really enjoyed it from the beginning to the end, the mix of the sounds and the conversations makes this podcast the best I ever heard, please give it a try, Im shure you are not going to regret it.