We all pretty much know that being active is good for our health.
But how many know that our surroundings can make a big difference too? In a previous post, I asked whether we are genetically programmed to love nature. If we are, it makes a lot of sense to do more things outdoors–from exercising to picnicking to walking business meetings. The following books have nothing to do with physical activity per se–but they do tell us why it’s important to be in nature, whether we’re doing push ups or not. Don’t you want to please ALL your senses?

We are intrinsically attracted to nature. Do yourself a favor and spend more time outdoors.

We are intrinsically attracted to nature. Do yourself a favor and spend more time outdoors.

I will be improving this post periodically with additional books. Please feel free to suggest others as you come across them.
Ackerman, Diane. A Natural History of the Senses. Vintage Books. 1990.

Buzzell, Linda and Chalquist, Craig. Healing with Nature in Mind. Sierra Club Books, 2009.

Day, Christopher. Places of the Soul: Architecture and Environmental Design as a Healing Art. The Aquarian Press. 1990.

Campbell, Lindsay and Anne Wiesen. Restorative Commons: Creating Health and Well-being through Urban Landscapes. U.S. Forest Service 2009.

Frank, Lawrence D. Health and Community Design: The Impact of the Built Environment on Physical Activity. Island Press. 2003.

Gallagher, Winnifred. The Power of Place: How our Surroundings Shape our Thoughts, Emotions, and Actions. HarperCollins Books. 1993.

Hayden, Dolores. The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History. MIT Press. 1995.

Hiss, Tony. The Experience of Place: A New Way of Looking at and Dealing with our Radically Changing Cities and Countryside. Vintage Books. 1991.

Louv, Richard. The Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder. Workman Publishing.2008.

Louv, Richard. The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age. Workman Publishing 2012.

Roszak, Theodore, editor. Eco psychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. Sierra Club Books. 1995.

Selhub, Eva and Logan, Alan. Your Brain On Nature: The Science of Nature’s Influence on Your Health, Happiness and Vitality. John Wiley & Sons. 2012.

Whyte, William H. The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. Project for Public Spaces. 1980.

Wilson, Edward O. (1984). Biophilia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Biophile magazine. Web site: http://biophile.co.za/

2 Responses to “Give Me a Nice Place: Books about Nature and your Environment”

  1. Wow! Thanks for all the great resources, Nancy.


    • Glad you find them useful, Kathy. Take a look again every now and then–I will be adding to this from time to time–like today! Please feel free to suggest any others you come across.


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