Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing

How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness

Book - 2018
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The definitive guide to the therapeutic Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or the art and science of how trees can promote health and happiness

Notice how a tree sways in the wind. Run your hands over its bark. Take in its citrusy scent. As a society we suffer from nature deficit disorder, but studies have shown that spending mindful, intentional time around trees--what the Japanese call shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing--can promote health and happiness.

In this beautiful book--featuring more than 100 color photographs from forests around the world, including the forest therapy trails that criss-cross Japan--Dr. Qing Li, the world's foremost expert in forest medicine, shows how forest bathing can reduce your stress levels and blood pressure, strengthen your immune and cardiovascular systems, boost your energy, mood, creativity, and concentration, and even help you lose weight and live longer.

Once you've discovered the healing power of trees, you can lose yourself in the beauty of your surroundings, leave everyday stress behind, and reach a place of greater calm and wellness.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2018]
ISBN: 9780525559856
Branch Call Number: 615.8515 LI Q
Characteristics: 300 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm


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Jan 09, 2021

Not a lot new here -- we all know that contact with nature has direct benefits to body, mind, and spirit. Though the Japanese really get into forests, not just walking or hiking, but immersing every sense. If you've been to big Japanese cities, you can understand how effective this approach can be to decompress from urban stress. Forest Bathing might be especially effective for children, given the text is translated to about a 5th grade level.

Nov 20, 2019

A very interesting book.
I couldn't put it down.

Large print which I liked. Lovely pictures.

I learned a lot.

Who new that Vancouver was one of the greenest cities in the world.

Highly recommended.

May 18, 2019

Looking back, I was lucky to live during a time when it was common to see butterflies and other insects, as well as salamanders, lizards, and snakes in our home gardens. It seems that seeing a butterfly has become a rarity. Signs of wild life and places of nature are becoming more scarce in our cities.

Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing is a concept that developed in Japan in the 1980s. If it becomes a fad, at least it will promote the idea of being outside in nature is a good thing, and hopefully it will help to preserve natural areas with plenty of trees.

There are many things which cause stress in our lives, especially sitting inside in front of a computer all day looking at a screen. How do we mitigate the stress? How can we calm our lives? This book has answers. Being outside among trees is only one.

Feb 24, 2019

An enjoyable read about the benefits of spending time with trees. Perhaps a bit light on the hard science, but convincing enough to a layperson looking for an excuse to get outside more frequently. I appreciated the practical advice for brining the benefits of shinrin-yoku into urban spaces.

Jan 19, 2019

Easily read in an afternoon, this is a gem of sound bites, with scientific facts interspersed with useful suggestions. A must-read for those interested in holistic health.

Nov 03, 2018

Beautiful book, confirms everything I already instinctively knew. The world would be so much more peaceful if we all practiced forest bathing.

Aug 15, 2018

Find that I can relate to the positive effects of walking in nature (even the part about bare feet). I have always loved getting out to go camping, and always felt happier afterwards but never knew why. This book gives an explanation.

Jul 31, 2018

Qing Li is both a scientist and a passionate person of the same topic: Japan's forests and their practice of forest bathing. He begins the book by writing about what Japan's forests mean to him and the connection that he has to them from his childhood. His feeling about them is spiritual and deep. But he is also a scientist and writes about what it is specifically about the cypress forests that has been identified as so vital to alleviating stress - hinoki oil. His book will change your mind about the value of the forests. We need them not just for exercise and lumber; we need them at the most basic survival level. They have found that walking in urban areas does not provide the same stress relief as walking in forests. Spending time in their forest actually increases the body's production of natural killer cells, needed for the fight against disease including cancer. I love it that he is a scientist who is not afraid to write about his own personal passion for these forests.

Jul 23, 2018

I was fortunate to come across this reference in January 2018. After reading some reports and watching videos by Dr. Qing Li, I thought I would recommend the book to West Van Library so many of us would have access to it. What a great reading and learning it has been for my family and me. I read it like a love story.

The book is graceful, elegant, full of beautiful photographs of forest and nature. Scientific data is explained in simple terms. It provides practical suggestions for getting the most out of a forest bathing, essentially how to immerse in the experience through the senses – sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste.

I hope you can read it! 5 stars

Jul 09, 2018

I heard about this book on NPR and was excited to give it a go. It's reminded me how important nature is to our health, and has also provided me with new information that can help with future forest-bathing sessions. I also rented "Shinrin-yoku: The Japanese Art of Forest Bathing" by Yoshifumi Miyazaki at the same time, and have found it to be much more informative. The text has more cited/referenced facts, along with charts, graphs, etc. I also like the language in Miyazaki's text better, as this one becomes a bit redundant in the last third of the book.

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