New Study on Nature and Human Health

A recent study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research offers an interesting critique of existing research on the health benefits associated with spending time in nature. The authors do not discount the connections that have been made so far, but rather they attempt to identify potential gaps in the current body of research […]

True Eco-Tourism: A Book Review

Visit Sunny Chernobyl by Andrew Blackwell is a travel memoir like we’ve never seen before. Instead of traveling to and writing about pristine environments and utopian vacation spots, Blackwell seeks out the most polluted, ravaged, and damaged parts of our planet in an effort to understand the true relationship between humans and nature, and perhaps […]

Immersion in Nature

What is is about going for a walk in the park on a beautiful day that lifts our spirits?  There is something about taking a deep breath of fresh air that makes us feel alive, present, and connected to the environment.  The physical health benefits derived from getting outside and exercising are well understood and […]

Finding Peace in Nature

Life in the modern world is not always relaxing. In fact, especially in a city like Boston with all of its subways, vehicle traffic, bustling people, and tight schedules, life can be stressful as a norm – especially during these frantic holiday times. A fast-paced and stressful lifestyle calls for actively setting aside time to […]