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The 3-Day Effect

Written by: Florence Williams
Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (151 ratings)

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The 3-Day Effect is a look at the science behind why being in the wild for a minimum of three days can make us happier, healthier and more creative. Whether it’s rafting down Utah’s Green River, backpacking in Colorado wilderness or strolling through Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., scientists are finding that immersions in nature can reduce anxiety, enhance creativity and boost overall well-being.  

Join science journalist Florence Williams in an immersive audio exploration of the mind and outdoors in six chapters following former Iraqi war veterans, sex trafficking survivors, and even a bookish nature hater journeying to the wild. Meet the innovative field researchers working to strengthen the science for a nature cure through real-time physiological, psychological and cognitive measures over three days outside. 

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Critic Reviews

"Williams and her team achieve a smart balance between the scientific and the personal, the result being an illuminating and engaging series that illustrates nature's capacity to sooth the soul." (Financial Times)

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walk of awe Indeed

The biggest take away from this book would be that no matter how stressed, numb, broke or hopeless - physically or mentally, one could be, a walk in wilderness could be a fantastic recuperation. Floernce Williams narrative sets a calm tone emphasizing on significance of having to take a break and participate in healing oneself. Author brings in anecdotes to support the cause. Although some might argue this to be inaccurate, the author never really suggests this to be the only way. The broader idea is to take a chance on her experience and this might turn out to be fruitful on varying degrees. On a personal front, being an avid traveler into the nature, I loved this idea of people having to take time to be with nature.

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great book

i just loved it it say how nature will help us to decrease our stress and anxiety good book

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Great info on benefits of being in nature

Very useful data to learn and implement in our lives.the benefits of being in nature with data supported by brain scans and HRV readings.

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Effect to last more than 3 days

Very important information, I would like to try it on me, I am confident it will last for more than 3 days maybe a lifetime.

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ancient wisdom

It is confirmation of formula ancient sages told Be with nature. it is cure for so many ills. Rather it will stop from getting unwell- physically, emotionally and mentally.

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Superb

i loved it so much the Idea of " nature don't give what we see but it gives more than we need "

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Awwsome Experience

loved it, the narrator and back ground music soothes to the ears presented with real experiences.

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Amazing book, easy and fun to listen to !!

Loved this book by Florence. Highly Highly recommend this book irrespective of if you are a nature person or not, irrespective of if you think you are stressed or not. There is something about Florence voice that is kind of therapeutic!! Also book is very easy to listen to. I finished it over two long morning walks. And once again with my wife. These 2.5 hours can change your perspective. Do give it a try !! To Florence - Please continue to build this book over the years. Am sure as you continue to apply the concepts of the 3 day effect you will unravel more personal learnings and experiences. Would love to "hear" them!! maybe a part 2 eh!! Please do continue to publish more audio books. You are meant for this !! Waiting for more!! Much Love ❤

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NATURE'S THE BEST

GREAT BOOK. WE HAVE EXTRACTED FROM NATURE. THIS BOOK AGAIN UNITES US WITH IT . WILL TRY SOMETIME TO HAVE THE NATURE'S EFFECT DISADVANTAGE-SPEAKER COULD EXPLAIN MIRE BRIEFLY AND CLEARLY

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Cool

Interesting in parts. I liked the voices very much. Could have been more engaging though.

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  • William
  • 06-01-19

Gave up before end. Case studies too predictable

Addresses the simple truth that we need contact with nature to live happy and balanced lives. Annoying background music to add to pathos. Doesn't reinforce anything but fills in for absence of substance.

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  • Chris F
  • 30-10-18

We need more of this

Really engaging series working with different groups / individuals who've all had trauma of some kind (PTSD/sex trafficking/depression) and measuring the impact that nature has on their mental wellbeing. Very accessible research with a simple yet profound message that we should all be following.

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  • Geoffb
  • 15-10-18

I loved this

I really enjoyed this series and listened to them all in quick succession. Florence Williams takes us on a fascinating journey hearing how nature can positively impact upon people who need to rebalance or heal.

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  • papapownall
  • 22-11-19

Nature is good for you

The premise of this podcast series is that it is good for you to spend time outside and if you spend three days outside then it is really good for you. Many people who either work in the open air or have been camping, already know this. And most other people will not be particularly surprised by this conclusion either. The series takes the form of a several groups of people eg ex-military who are feeling stressed and are taken to the Great Outdoors for a few days to go for walks and eat Pringles at the end of which the universal feedback is that they feel better about themselves and their lives. This is further proven by putting electrodes on them and making them wear helmets that monitor their brain activity and, yes, you've guessed it, the scientific evidence shows that their brain activity and their health has improved too. It gets a bit monotonous after the first couple of episodes and there is an inordinate amount of time spent re-capping on the previous show and previewing future shows which gets a bit irritating after a while. Even though it was free, I found this series to be annoying. Perhaps I should spend a bit more time outdoors.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-01-19

Great perspective!

Really eye opening and positive podcast. Would definitely recommend to anyone who has mental health issues or is unsure of themselves

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  • Gemma
  • 16-11-18

Very interesting

An interesting listen, many ideas and theories about the benefits of being in the great outdoors with scientific evidence and research to back up the claims. An easy listen and great ideas that I can apply to me own life. Glad I listen. Thank you

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  • dale bridge
  • 05-11-18

Awesome

Fascinating about the effects of being in nature on the body, especially especially on the heartbeat. Excited to try this for myself. Hope Florence makes more episodes!

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  • Mr. J J
  • 03-04-19

Inspired my morning commute by 30min walk.

This audio tape helped me to come out of my comfort zone to make my work commute an enjoyable one next to the riverside. A 30 min morning and eve walk helped me to refresh my brain. It helped our relationship, after an argument if we can't get to a conclusion we do for a walk. When we come back we are both different people, not angry or upset. The issue just dissolves by itself. This should be applied in schools as a mandatory subject, to be out in nature 1 hr every week at least.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-02-19

Struggled to finish. Wasn't what I was expecting

Struggled to finish as it wasn't what I expected. I thought this would be a spiritual awakening experience but sadly not.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-12-18

wow

So so interesting! Really important research with potentially huge impact for trauma informed working. If you're interested in this kind of thing you won't be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-01-20

Confirmation Bias Played As Infotainment

Premise: The belief of the presenter that time in nature makes your brain better. Test: Lots of talk about scientists being sciencey. No discussion on the validity of the "science". No discussion on falsifiable hypotheses. No discussion even on the results of the experiment. Direct input of bias from the researchers when conducting measurements and surveys. Results: NO VALID CONCLUSION. This whole series repeats audio clips throughout to push key ideas but fails to back up any assertions made. Results professed could likely be due to removing participants from their routine, local environment, normal responsibility, social inputs, personal goals and success measurements, or numerous other factors. There is no following up on results. The talk of scientific equipment and data has no depth and is not referred back to for any conclusions. While the data collected may have shown strong causal relationships that support the presenter's original assumptions, such relationships were not mentioned. Instead it was all based from the assumptions, with the "scientist's" stated goal being to prove the premise was correct.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-11-19

The talking is constantly overlapping

I love the content of this. unfortunately it's been edited in such a way that the narration is constantly overlapping with tho other content and it's unpleasant to listen to

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-12-19

To repetitive

Very repetitive and limited in its presentation and information. A very long winded way to pass on a very small piece of information.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-11-19

charming

the science.is light on, but the story is sweet and worthwhile as it is inspiring

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-19

great topic - didn't deliver on the goods

I was keen to listen to this but it quite story bussed and anechdotal rather than going through the research. missed opportunity

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  • tim frodsham
  • 08-10-20

revealing

super! memorable & moving. very authentic. helpful. diverse stories reflecting healing powers of our nature.

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  • Stephanie
  • 04-06-20

inspiring and thoughtful

loved it! found it really insightful and challenging! would hightly recommend to anyone struggling with anything mental.

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  • Sabrina Toh
  • 24-03-20

Easy listen and very interesting

Would have loved a solid conclusion as to whether the 3 day effect is scientifically proven but really enjoyed the exploration of the theory anyway.

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  • Lothar
  • 11-02-20

Easy listening, enjoyable but not gripping

A nice listen and interesting, but somehow lacking a sense of satisfaction. A nice introduction to the topic. Mostly people's experiences but lacking depth of information.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-20

a bit targeted

maybe ok for people with ptsd. but not ur general well being podcast... deleted after half an episode.