Shinrin-Yoku or forest bathing is a Japanese tradition that gained popularity especially in the 1980s. Meanwhile, more than 95 different centers and nature reserves in Japan have been specially set up to practice Shinrin-Yoku.

Dr. Li was one of the first to scientifically examine this ancient tradition as well.

Psychologist Christel Westgeest is an outdoor psychologist and talks about the benefits of forest baths.

THE NATURE FIX: Why nature makes us happier, healthier and more creative. A book by Florence Williams.

For centuries poets and philosophers praised the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven was inspired by rocks and trees; Wordsworth was composing trumpeting across the moor; Nikola Tesla invented the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our legendary innovation in the natural world, Florence Williams explores the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain.

From forest trails in Korea, to islands in Finland, to eucalyptus forests in California, Williams explores science at the point where environment, mood, health and creativity converge. By delving into completely new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and ultimately strengthen our relationships. As our modern indoor lives change dramatically, these ideas — and the answers they deliver — are more urgent than ever.