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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Jordan G.
Jordan G.4 months ago


Jennifer L.
Jennifer L.2 years ago

I agree with what this says, but why is this a video? I'd rather read an article than have someone read out loud to me in a video.

Val M.
Val M.2 years ago


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g d c.2 years ago


Sarah Metcalf
Sarah M.4 years ago


Jeannie N.
Jeannie N.4 years ago

I moved to Albuquerque from Montana, I used to be surrounded by trees and green and quiet and nature. All the things I loved and needed are pretty much not here. I am moving back to Montana in 2013 and I can hardly wait, I think I will go hike to the top of my favorite mountain and scream "I'm Home!!!!"

Treesa Math
tia Math4 years ago


Faith Purdy
Faith Purdy4 years ago

i always feel better in the presence of trees :)

G A Rieck
G A R.4 years ago

great, another psy disorder lable.. not to worry, the parmacutical industrial complex will come up with a drug to fix this. the rest of us know to put down the remote or game controler and drag the kids and ourselves outside. (and that means no cell phones either)

Matilda H.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thankfully I live quite near nature.