As Homo sapiens becomes an increasingly urban species, evidence for our dependence upon nature grows stronger. Florence Williams, a contributing editor to Outside magazine, scoured the latest science while traveling the world for examples. Scotland offers “ecotherapeutic” therapy for the mentally ill; in West Virginia, being outside helps children with ADHD. Williams is an elegant yet witty writer, and she makes a terrific guide.
Related: 4 Ways to Spend More Time Outside
The Nature Fix
By Florence Williams
February; W.W. Norton; $27
This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.
Chauncey Mabe is a freelance writer, book critic, and blogger in Miami, Fla. For 23 years he served as Book Editor and Senior Entertainment Writer at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. He was Book Blogger for the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the parent organization of Miami Book Fair International, from 2009 to 2012. He also blogs for the Betsy Hotel South Beach hotel, which sponsors literary events year round. His reviews and feature stories have appeared in publications such as the Toronto Globe & Mail, the Serving House Journal, Inspicio, the Palm Beach Arts Paper, the Baltimore Sun, the Juneau Empire, and the Chicago Tribune.