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Best Books About Nature's Benefits to Humans

Updated: Mar 26

a person on a hammock enjoying the benefits of nature

There’s been a lot of buzz lately in the publishing world regarding books that explain all the benefits nature can have for humans. Being in nature has been shown to improve mental and physical well-being. The Japanese concept of forest bathing has been getting more attention in Western society as well. Forest bathing is the age-old idea of simply spending time with trees. This list of the best books about nature's benefits to humans takes a look at a variety of these books that examine nature’s benefits to humans. I’ll look for any excuse to spend more time hanging around forests and trees, and if you are looking for a reason, these books will fit the bill. Just a quick reminder that if you click on one of the links, I may make a commission at no additional charge to you. The links below will take you to Amazon. If you prefer to support independent bookstores, check out my curated lists on

Rooted by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

rooted: life at the crossroads of science, nature, and spirit

Rooted has been called a meditation on how to deepen your connection to the natural world. The subtitle, “Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit” sums up the gist of the book. The book examines the science of nature’s benefits to humans, but it also looks at ways you can better connect with nature to bring you benefits. There are many doom and gloom books about the climate; this book is not one of them. It will give you hope and inspiration.

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Your Brain on Nature by Eva M. Selhub & Alan C. Logan

Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness by Dr. Qing Li

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