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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525559856
Branch Call Number: 615.8515 LI
Characteristics: 309 pages : colour illustrations, colour maps


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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.

May 10, 2018

I was very fortunate to be able to read this book as an advanced copy. It is a beautiful book. It talks about the wonderful healing capabilities the forest brings to a person. The joy of being away from the noise of everyday life and to have the forest rejuvenate you; cleanse the soul. The photograph are wonderful. I highly recommend this book

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