Though any kind of nature can enhance our health and happiness, there’s something special about being in a forest.
By Karin Evans, September 10, 2018
“Nature deficit disorder” is a modern affliction.
With more people living in cities, working in high-rise office buildings, and becoming addicted to their innumerable electronic devices, many of us are indeed experiencing a nature deficit.
This is true for children and adults alike.
In his new book, Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness, Japanese medical doctor and researcher Qing Li presents some sobering statistics: By 2050, according to the United Nations Population Division, three quarters of the world’s people will live in cities.
Even now, the average American spends 93 percent of the time indoors, and some ten hours a day on social media—more than they spend asleep.