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Go Wild

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John J. Ratey

By reconnecting with the lifestyle of our wild ancestors, it is possible to lead more fulfilling lives. While modern civilization aims to ensure our safety, our physical well-being has been compromised. The prevalence of obesity, diabetes, and even severe illnesses such as cancer has increased due to unhealthy diets and a sedentary lifestyle. However, it is not difficult to embrace a more natural way of living. Any individual who wishes to get active and connect with nature can accomplish this. Take a wild run. Do you have access to a nearby mountain or forest trail? If so, you have a direct route to happiness waiting for you. Engaging in trail running not only triggers the release of endorphins, known as the happiness hormone, but it also allows our bodies to operate in their natural state. Our minds and bodies are capable of ensuring our safety as long as we are paying attention. For instance, running in the rain prompts our bodies to instinctively adapt their movement patterns to the conditions: the movement of our feet will change, and our overall balance improves.

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Go Wild offers a relevant perspective on the adverse effects of excessive computer usage. It emphasizes that our bodies and minds were not designed for the inactive way of life and dietary patterns prevalent in modern society. The shift from natural environments to office settings has likely contributed to our heightened vulnerability to various emerging illnesses.

Book summary

By reconnecting with the lifestyle of our wild ancestors, it is possible to lead more fulfilling lives. While modern civilization aims to ensure our safety, our physical well-being has been compromised. The prevalence of obesity, diabetes, and even severe illnesses such as cancer has increased due to unhealthy diets and a sedentary lifestyle. However, it is not difficult to embrace a more natural way of living. Any individual who wishes to get active and connect with nature can accomplish this. Take a wild run. Do you have access to a nearby mountain or forest trail? If so, you have a direct route to happiness waiting for you. Engaging in trail running not only triggers the release of endorphins, known as the happiness hormone, but it also allows our bodies to operate in their natural state. Our minds and bodies are capable of ensuring our safety as long as we are paying attention. For instance, running in the rain prompts our bodies to instinctively adapt their movement patterns to the conditions: the movement of our feet will change, and our overall balance improves.

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Humans have evolved to be more active in the natural world instead of leading a sedentary lifestyle.

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It is in our nature to be empathic and agile.

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Exercise can improve your mental performance, and natural environments can help you sleep better.

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Meditation and being in nature can boost health and happiness.

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We are social by nature, but our tribal nature also has a dark side.

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