The Quiet Earth: Nature and Human Health
The 2016 Mass Audubon annual member publication will be entitled The Quiet Earth: Nature and Human Health. This collection of all-new, original essays will examine the interrelationship between human health and nature. The book is an account of the emerging studies of the affiliation between our ancient connection with nature and the apparent healing powers of the natural world, everything from fields and forests, to rocks, wind, sand, and even our relationship with formerly wild but now domesticated animals.
Anecdotally, the healthful benefits of contact with nature have been known for years. But what is just now emerging is scientific research and subsequent documentation of the actual physiological causes of the more subtle benefits of nature in healing and in the maintenance of a mental and physical health. Among other things, exposure to nature, in almost any form, reduces heart rates and blood pressure, can release tension, and create a sense of well being, along with myriad similar beneficial effects.
A singular commonality has become apparent as a result of these studies: Nature is good for us. It is good preventative medicine, and it has healing effects.
This publication is available to Mass Audubon members who choose to receive the annual member publication when joining or renewing their membership in 2015.