Wild Ideas Worth Living: Florence Williams


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Florence Williams on how being in nature can make you a healthier, happier person.

If you are a regular listener to this podcast, chances are you love spending time outside in nature, and you’d love to spend even more time in it. Today’s guest, Florence Williams, knows all about this feeling, and the science behind it. Her book, The Nature Fix, proves why being in nature makes us happier, healthier, more productive and more creative. We talk about the research behind it, new research she’s discovered since she wrote it, policy and workplace decisions that have been informed from the book and how you can squeeze in more time outside, even if you work a 9-to-5 desk job. We also talk about the best places to travel to be in nature, what sounds in nature are the most appealing and advice on writing books.

Florence’s wild idea: To show why being in nature makes us feel so good, with science to back it up.

Florence is an accomplished writer and speaker. Her writing has appeared everywhere from the New York Times to Outside Magazine, and she’s even hosted a few podcasts herself, so this conversation flows fast. She loves what she does, and you get a sense from listening to her that she really wants others to get more joy in their lives from nature.

Listen to this episode if:

  • You love spending time in the outdoors.
  • You want to know why it feels so good to be outside in nature.
  • You care about leading a healthy lifestyle.
  • You want some stats to show your boss or teacher why you need more breaks, more time outside or a window nearby.

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