Do You Suffer From Nature Deficit Disorder?
What if we spent as much time immersed in nature as we do in technology?
That’s the question Richard Louv sought to answer when writing his latest book, The Nature Principle. Our society, says Louv, has developed such an outsized faith in technology that we have yet to fully realize or even adequately study how human capacities are enhanced through the power of nature.
The book suggests that “nature deficit disorder,” a term Louv coined in Last Child In The Woods, doesn’t only apply to children.
Louv’s “Nature Principle” consists of seven precepts, including balancing technology excess with time in nature; a mind/body/nature connection, which Louv calls “vitamin N,” that enhances physical and mental health; expanding our sense of community to include all living things; and purposefully developing a spiritual, psychological, physical attachment to a region and its natural history.
Supported by groundbreaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, The Nature Principle shows us how tapping into the restorative powers of the natural world can boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds.
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