“A thoughtful, refreshing book with a simple but powerful message: ‘Go outside, often, sometimes in wild places. Bring friends or not. Breathe.’”
— Kirkus, starred review
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 set out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain. Join this prize-winning author, journalist and contributing editor to Outside for a discussion of her intrepid investigation and her new book, THE NATURE FIX: How Being Outside Makes You Happier, Healthier, and More.
“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 for mine. Florence Williams makes a compelling, and elegant, case that nature is not only beautiful but also good for us.”
—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