Finding Ecohappiness: Fun Nature Activities to Help Your Kids Feel Happier and Calmer
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What is your book about?
In Finding Ecohappiness, author Sandi Schwartz guides families in building regular habits of experiencing nature to reduce stress and boost mood. She explores key positive psychology tools from a nature-loving perspective. You will learn simple, practical tips for incorporating these tools―awe and gratitude, mindfulness, creative arts, outdoor play and adventure, volunteering, food, and animals―into your daily routine to help your children thrive and live a happy, balanced life. Finding Ecohappiness will introduce you to all kinds of engaging nature activities you can do with your kids, from hiking and bike rides to visiting nature centers and science museums to volunteering outdoors to embarking on ecotourism adventures. In addition, you will discover unique nature relaxation activities like cow cuddling, animal yoga, forest bathing, float therapy, and earthing. Nature isn’t just for kids, either―doing these activities with your children will tremendously improve your own well-being, too.
What inspired you to write your book?
My own battle with stress and anxiety married with my love for nature and passion to protect the environment.
If you have a business related to your book, tell us about it:
I founded the Ecohappiness Project to educate and inspire families about how nature can help them feel happier and calmer. I also co-authored a children’s book about ecohappiness that I am self-publishing.
What is a typical day like for you?
I spend most of my day at the computer writing about and marketing all things ecohappiness. I balance my work with walks and bike rides outside, yoga, plein air watercolor painting, volunteering for environmental and writing groups, and taking care of my children.
What do you most enjoy about what you do?
I am living my passion, which is an incredible feeling. I also have quite a bit of flexibility. I also enjoy being my own boss and setting my own goals.
What are some favorite books you’d recommend to our readers?
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin; The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz ; The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday; The Big
Picture: 11 Laws That Will Change Your Life by Tony Horton; Be: A No-Bullsh-t Guide to Increasing Your Self Worth and Net Worth by Simply Being Yourself by Jessica Zweig
What advice do you have to offer our readers?
Follow your dreams and set clear goals. Success takes a ton of work and patience, but you can do it if you put your mind to it. Publishing a book has been a dream of mine for a long time, and I am thrilled that it is happening after years of tedious, challenging work.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I have never been camping.
What’s next for you?
My plan is to spend the next couple years marketing my book, which involves podcast interviews, writing articles, print and video interviews, collaborating with organizations and businesses, and speaking engagements. I then hope to launch my own podcast and/or an online summit on nature and mental health. Finally, I would to pursue my Ph.D. in Sustainability Education.