Florence Williams

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Why Are We So Burned Out? (And What Do We Do Now?)

Work hard, play hard—that's how many of us live today. But it turns out that our supercharged lives aren’t so great for us, and fitness experts and doctors are now emphasizing restorative practices and rest to improve performance and overall health.

Florence Williams
Jan 1, 2020

Why You Should Inspire Your Child to Take Risks

Childhood used to come with rites of passage: your first fish, your first hunt, your first taste of outdoor risk. We need to rebuild the steps along the journey to adulthood.

Florence Williams
Sep 1, 2018

The Adventure Therapy Cure for Sex-Trafficking Survivors

When you take former sex-trafficking victims into the wilderness for a few days of roughing it, know this: they’ve seen worse. Florence Williams goes on a trip organized by Atlanta-based She Is Able and learns that one size of adventure therapy does not fit all.

Florence Williams
May 1, 2018

The Girl Scouts Is Raising Our Next Generation of Rippers

For more than a century, the Girl Scouts has been the most well-trod path for junior explorers to get into adventure. But what comes after the Thin Mints and craft badges is a troop for sisterhood, winter camping, and some serious archery.

Florence Williams
Apr 11, 2017

ADHD Is Fuel for Adventure

Some of the best medicine for kids with attention-deficit disorders may be extreme sports and outdoor learning. That's good news, because not only do they need exploration, but exploration desperately needs them.

Florence Williams
Jan 20, 2016

The Science of Conquering Your Greatest Fears

It may be the oldest emotion. Before happiness, before sorrow, before exhilaration, and way, way before the urge to climb mountains and bomb down steeps, there was fear. Now scientists are finding new ways to help us conquer our deepest anxieties—and use them to perform even better.

Florence Williams
Oct 2, 2014

Slush Funds: How People Cash in on Global Warming

To many entrepreneurs across the world, rising temperatures, drought, and ice melt represents a market opportunity. McKenzie Funk spent the past six years reporting around the world on how the business world is preparing for a warmer planet.

Florence Williams
Feb 19, 2014

On Living Without Money

Ben Hewitt talks about his new book, Saved, and the challenges of learning to live the cashless dream

Florence Williams
Jul 15, 2013

Take Two Hours of Pine Forest and Call Me in the Morning

These days, screen-addicted Americans are more stressed out and distracted than ever. And 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 theory that nature can lower your blood pressure, fight off depression—and even prevent cancer.

Florence Williams
Nov 28, 2012

Live free or die trying

Florence Williams and Alex Heard
Feb 28, 2012

The Politician

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper

Florence Williams
Jun 15, 2011

By John Parker Jr. (Scribner, $24)

Christopher Keyes, Florence Williams, Jon Billman, Dianna Delling, Bruce Barcott, and Abe Streep
May 4, 2009

This Is Your Brain on Adventure

You stand on a 300-foot cliff and think, “Mommy!” Ted Davenport stands there and thinks, “Sick air!” The difference, neuroscientists are finding, may lie in the very anatomy of our minds.

Florence Williams
Mar 19, 2009

Florence Williams
Jul 31, 2008

More than three decades after blazing the independent-travel trail, Richard Bangs and Tony Wheeler are still racking up the adventures

Florence Williams
Jul 25, 2007