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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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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.


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12:19PM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

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.

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4:32PM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

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!!!!"

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4:46PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

i always feel better in the presence of trees :)

2:59PM PDT on Oct 1, 2011

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)

6:26AM PDT on Oct 1, 2011

Thankfully I live quite near nature.

1:08AM PDT on Oct 1, 2011

I live in a noisy little town - but fortunately surrounded by tree-covered mountains. I still long for the ability to drive past farms and see sheep, cows and horses in pastures - but that's not to be found here.
Having spent most of my life in Cape Town with so many different natural environments, sounds of birds, heady aromas from the plants, mountains, long white beaches, etc. I have a clear vision of the beauty of nature. One is also spoilt by living in a sunny Mediterranean climate.

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