Title The Nature Fix
Subtitle Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
Author Florence Williams
ISBN 9780393242713
List price USD 26.95
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 304
Book size 165 x 241 mm
Publishing year 2017
Original publisher W W Norton & Company
Published in India by W W Norton & Company
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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Reviews:

“The Nature Fix is a beautifully written, thoroughly enjoyable exposition of a major principle of human life now supported by evidence in biology, psychology, and medicine.”

— Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

 

“I’m no tree hugger, but The Nature Fix made me want to run outside and embrace the nearest oak. Not for the tree’s sake but mine. Florence Williams makes a compelling, and elegant, case that nature is not only beautiful but also good for us. If Thoreau were steeped in modern neuroscience and possessed an endearingly self-deprecating sense of humor, the result would be the book you hold in your hands.”

— Eric Weiner, New York Times best-selling author of The Geography of Genius

 

“Florence Williams, keen observer, deft writer, creates a fascinating mosaic here. What are the costs—to us!—of humanity’s increasing disconnection from nature? What are the likely benefits—to us!—of retaining that threatened connection?…Large.”

— David Quammen, New York Times best-selling author of Spillover

Description:

An intrepid investigation into nature’s restorative benefits by a prize-winning author.

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; and Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams set out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain.

In this informative and entertaining account, Williams investigates cutting-edge research as she travels to fragrant cypress forests in Korea to meet the rangers who administer “forest healing programs,” to the green hills of Scotland and its “ecotherapeutic” approach to caring for the mentally ill, to a river trip in Idaho with Iraqi vets suffering from PTSD, to the West Virginia mountains where she discovers how being outside helps children with ADHD. The Nature Fixdemonstrates that our connection to nature is much more important to our cognition than we think and that even small amounts of exposure to the living world can improve our creativity and enhance our mood. In prose that is incisive, witty, and urgent, Williams shows how time in nature is not a luxury but is in fact essential to our humanity. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas—and the answers they yield—are more urgent than ever.

Contents:

Introduction: The Cordial Air

 

PART ONE: LOOKING FOR NATURE NEURONS

Chapter 1. The Biophilia Effect

Chapter 2. How Many Neuroscientists Does It Take to Find a Stinking Milkvetch

 

PART TWO: NEARBY NATURE: THE FIRST FIVE MINUTES

Chapter 3. The Smell of Survival

Chapter 4. Bird Brain

Chapter 5. Box of Rain

PART THREE: FIVE HOURS A MONTH

Chapter 6. You May Squat Down and Feek a Plant

Chapter 7. Garden of Hedon

Chapter 8. Rambling On

 

PART FOUR: BACKCOUNTRY BRAIN

Chapter 9. Get Your Yourself: WIlderness, Creativity and the Power of Awe

Chapter 10. Water on the Brain

Chapter 11. Please Pass the Hacksaw

 

PART FIVE: THE CITY IN A GARDEN

Chapter 12. Nature for the Rest of Us

 

Epilogue

Acknowlegdements

Notes

Illustration Credits

About the Author:

Florence Williams is a journalist and contributing editor to Outside magazine.Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, and National Geographic among others. Her first book, Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2012 and the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science and Technology. Williams lives in Washington, DC.

Target Audience:

Poeple interested in Nature, Ecology and Environment Sciences.

 
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