101 THINGS TO DO INSTEAD OF BEING ON YOUR PHONE:
Our phones have become a constant distraction; it’s time we put them down and rediscovered the simple art of taking a few minutes to do something or simply be bored. This book offers an extensive list of games and tips aimed at curing us of our portable tech addiction. More than mere time-killers, these activities include ways to unleash your creative side and train your brain, but above all methods to set you on the road to calm.
I have to admit, I have only had time to look at this book a few times but when I have, its led to great life-changing discoveries. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without this book. (kidding) (sort of)
THE NATURE FIX:
Get your behind outside!!
For centuries, poets and philosophers reaped the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; and Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams set out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain.
In this informative and entertaining book, Florence investigates cutting-edge research as she travels to fragrant cypress forests in Korea to meet the rangers who administer “forest healing programs,” to the green hills of Scotland and its “ecotherapeutic” approach to caring for the mentally ill, to a river trip in Idaho with Iraqi vets suffering from PTSD, to the West Virginia mountains where she discovers how being outside helps children with ADHD.
I had the honor to introduce Florence when she came to speak at my school and it was quite eye-opening.