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The Nature Fix

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Monday, we’re talking about the restorative power of nature. For centuries, great minds like Beethoven, Tesla, and Einstein have extolled the benefits of the outdoors. But these days, our lives are increasingly lived indoors and onscreen. Wondering if we could all use some more exposure to the natural world, the writer Florence Williams set out to explore the science of “our deep, cranial connection to natural landscapes.” She’ll join us to discuss how nature can make us healthier, happier, and more creative.

Florence Williams is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, Mother Jones, and High Country News,among many others. She's also the writer and host of the new Audible Original series, Breasts Unbound. Her first book was called Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History. Her new book is called The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative [Independent bookstores|Amazon].

Florence Williams will be in Salt Lake City on February 16 for a reading of her book Nature Fix at the King's English Bookshop. DETAILS

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