Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness
Written by Dr. Qing Li
OPL BOOK SUMMARY: Dr. Qing Li shares the science behind our deep need to be connected to nature. Japan is a forest civilization and 2/3 of the country is covered in forest, even it is one of the most densely populated countries. Over the years, Japan has become aware of the need to stay connected with nature even while living in cities.
In the 1980s, the Japanese National Health Program added Forest Bathing (Shinrin-yoku) for wellness. A forest bath is a 2-hour slow walk on a lovely forest path with no cell phones and no talking — while taking everything in through all your senses. A forest bath brings you into the present moment and de-stresses you. Many in Japan practice Shrinrin-Yoku regularly. Studies show that forest bathing can reduce blood pressure, lower stress, lift depression, improve energy, and more.
Learn how to practice forest bathing and how to bring the forest indoors.
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