Nature & Well-being

There are many books on nature and wellbeing that offer valuable insights and perspectives on how spending time in nature can benefit our physical, mental, and emotional health. Here are a few recommendations. 

These books offer different perspectives on the importance of nature for our wellbeing, and provide practical insights and tips for incorporating nature into our lives.

  1. "The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative" by Florence Williams - This book explores the science behind why spending time in nature is good for us, and provides practical tips for incorporating nature into our daily lives.

2. "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants" by Robin Wall Kimmerer - This book weaves together Indigenous wisdom and scientific knowledge to explore the interconnectedness of all living things and the importance of our relationship with nature.
3. "The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World" by Peter Wohlleben - This book offers a fascinating look at the complex world of trees and how they communicate and support each other, revealing the deep connections between humans and the natural world.
4. "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder" by Richard Louv - This book examines the negative effects of modern society's disconnection from nature, and offers strategies for reconnecting with the natural world for improved wellbeing.
5. "The Joy of Forest Bathing: Reconnect With Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life" by Melanie Choukas-Bradley - This book introduces the practice of forest bathing, a Japanese tradition that involves immersing oneself in nature for improved health and wellbeing.

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A big hello and thank you for reading! Passionate about literature, psychology, and life I launched Book Therapy as an alternative form of therapy using the power of literature. I train mental health professionals, librarians, teachers as well as readers on using bibliotherapy in their own work through our online Bibliotherapy, Literature and Mental Health course. We also curate reading lists/personalised book prescriptions for clients based on their individual needs. This is our signature personalised reading service.

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