These days, screen-addicted Americans are more stressed out and distracted than ever. And nope, there’s no app for that. But there is a radically simple remedy: get outside. Florence Williams travels to the deep woods of Japan, where researchers are backing up the surprising theory that nature can lower your blood pressure, fight off depression, beat back stress—and even prevent cancer.
Journalist Richard Louv coined the term nature-deficit disorder in his seminal book Last Child in the Woods. Today he is a leader in the movement to connect children and adults with nature and a co-founder of the Children and Nature Network. The organization's website is filled with inspiration and great ideas.