This is the book that got me back on scheduling and sticking to outdoor time. It’s easy in Chicago wintertime to just hibernate away the cold months. I know I feel better having time in the woods, my kids do too. This is the science and personal experiences behind what we all instinctively know and manage to ignore. People around the world are starting to see the change in health that seems to go along with extended exposure to nature.

I especially liked the chapter set in South Korea. Eating right and outdoor time is an easy fix that is far better than the prescription drugs that are the alternative health care in many cases. People worldwide are spending more and more times indoors and in urban environments. Japanese forest bathing and Finnish metsänpeitto (being covered by forest) were other chapters that struck me as being just a universal longing that we all just seem to push back because we are too busy. Fresh air and time in a quiet forest should be a part of a daily routine. If you can’t fit that in, then try it for just two or three days a week and see if you feel better.

Nature Fix is a long book for what it is, and I credit the author with setting each scene so well that you want to hear the entire story. Never did I have that “get on with it” feeling that sometimes accompanies nonfiction. The science is easy to read and to understand. I was struck by the statistics of near epidemic levels of nearsightedness.

High school students would also enjoy this look at the effects of nature around the world. I could see this being part of either health or human geography reading list. I’m always on the hunt for books that would accentuate forest school for older kids/adults, and this one fits the bill.

I read a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Nature Fix

Written By: Florence Williams

Published: February 7, 2017