Category: Nature and Health

Benefits of Nature: Notes from One Study

This is another blog entry that is “off the beaten path,” but I’m looking at some of the studies on benefits of time spent in nature (as well as mindfulness), and you are welcome to come along for the ride. Mayer, F.S., Frantz, C.M.,… Continue Reading “Benefits of Nature: Notes from One Study”

Walks in the Woods – Are You Out of Your Mind?

Three people took a walk in the woods. One of them loved being outside, but spent most of her time texting and checking Facebook. At the end of her walk, she hardly felt like she had been in the woods at all. She had… Continue Reading “Walks in the Woods – Are You Out of Your Mind?”

Being Mindful of Oaks and Hawks at Summer’s End

It was almost two weeks into autumn, and summer’s heat held on. On October 6th, when the high temperature in Arlington reached 97ºF, a cold front was scheduled to roll through late in the day. It would be an interesting time to be at… Continue Reading “Being Mindful of Oaks and Hawks at Summer’s End”

Forests and Well-Being – Notes from “The Nature Fix”

Florence Williams’ book, The Nature Fix (Norton, 2017) summarizes some of what we know about how time in nature affects our well-being. It’s a “popular” book, but that’s not to say it is short on substance. Among the endorsements inside the cover is one from… Continue Reading “Forests and Well-Being – Notes from “The Nature Fix””