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The Nature Fix: Why nature makes us happier, healthier, and more creative

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM
The Downtown Community Center
120 Warren Street
New York City, NY  10007
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The Nature Fix: Why nature makes us happier, healthier, and more creative

An HRP Mamas Educational Event with acclaimed author, Florence Williams

In this talk, acclaimed author, Florence Williams will present material from her new book (The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, W.W. Norton, 2017) about the science behind why access to nature and green space is essential for child social and emotional development, curiosity, cognition and overall human health. Partly drawing from assignments for National Geographic and Outside magazines, Florence will explore how different countries are putting the science into practice and what we can work toward in our communities.

Reviews & Praise For The Nature Fix:

“A beautifully written, thoroughly enjoyable exposition of a major principle of human life now supported by evidence in biology, psychology, and medicine.” —Edward O. Wilson

"...[A] lively exploration of what modern research has to say about the myriad health benefits of the great outdoors...Ms. Williams resists the tendency of so much nature writing towards easy epiphanies, adopting a tone that is, instead, pleasingly puckish...Ms. Williams puzzles out the pros and cons, concluding, on balance, that there’s a good case for connecting with nature to extend both the quantity and quality of life..." —Danny Heitman, The Wall Street Journal

“Florence Williams, keen observer, deft writer, creates a fascinating mosaic here. What are the costs—to us!—of humanity’s increasing disconnection from nature? What are the likely benefits—to us!—of retaining that threatened connection? Large.” —David Quammen, author of Spillover.

"In this upbeat, brightly conversational account, Outside contributing editor Williams travels widely to track down the best science behind 'our deep, cranial connection to natural landscapes …' A thoughtful, refreshing book with a simple but powerful message: 'Go outside, often, sometimes in wild places. Bring friends or not. Breathe.'” —Kirkus, starred review

 "Williams, a contributing editor at Outside magazine, presents all of this with the zip of a trail runner covering a lot of ground sure-footedly. She’s got the pop-sci presentation down pat — breezy enough to draw in the lay reader, thorough enough to satisfy the expert. She gamely volunteers to be researchers’ human guinea pig, including wearing a portable EEG unit in the woods and looking like a “shriveled sea urchin.”  - NY Times

About Florence Williams:
Florence Williams is the author of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier and More Creative (W.W. Norton, 2017) and Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, winner of the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and numerous other publications. She is also the writer and host of the new Audible Original series, Breasts Unbound. A fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature and a visiting scholar at George Washington University, her work focuses on the environment, health and science.