Do you like to exercise?
Do you spend most of your exercise time in the gym or in built up areas?
Did you know that exercising in the natural environment is better for you?


Recent research shows that if we exercise in more natural surroundings it benefits us more, even if we do exactly the same amount. Incredibly, immersing ourselves in forests or being close to the ocean when we exercise can make a significant difference to our energy levels.

Now, in Cleverland: The Science of How Nature Nurtures, Dr. Chong Chen examines in more detail the psychology of how nature nurtures us and how our bodies are enhanced by being in its simple beauty, with chapters on:

    • Benefits of forest bathing
    • The healing power of the wilderness
    • How sunshine improves health, happiness and productivity
    • School greenness and how it improves student performance
    • A window view is worth a million dollars
    • Using micro-restorative opportunities
    • And much more…

Being healthy is as much of a scientific art as anything else. The food we eat, the exercise we take and the things we abstain from are all part of it.

And now you can add another layer to the overall picture by reading Cleverland and discovering how nature can nurture you!


Cleverland is a beautiful, compelling invitation to the wilderness and to “green time”. It is an insightful and ambitious synthesis of the scientific literatures on the healing power of nature and in what way we can increase our exposure to nature. Moreover, it reminds us human beings cannot live without fruitful gifts from nature. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
― Dr. Yoshinori Ohtsuka, Professor of Health Science, Hokkaido University;
Representative of Asia and Oceania, International Society of Medical Hydrology and Climatology 

As a person who works primarily indoors, I’ve never really thought about what that could be doing to my health. Now that I’ve read Cleverland, I realize, not only do I need to get outside more frequently in order to improve my mood but that it would actually physically improve my health as well. This book has inspired me to make some changes to my routine!

― ID Johnson, The Author of The Clandestine Saga

Nature is wonderful, isn’t it? Being an outdoors person myself, I always felt very refreshed after hiking or spending time up in the mountains, so it was nice to know there’s some actual science supporting this idea of nature being rejuvenating. While nature has always been important to me, I’m going to make more of an effort to spend time outdoors after reading Cleverland, or even just look out a window while I’m at work. In fact, the school I work at was designed with one idea purported in this book: that natural views help students and teachers relax. I have wonderful views of mountains and lots of natural lighting in my classroom, which I’m going to take more advantage of now that I know how helpful it is.

― Ray Dawn, Editor, Author

Exercise in natural setting is optimal because it boosts the immune system and enhances brain function. Urbanization tends to lead to a disconnect from nature; whereas, natural environments heal and restore health. The theme of Cleverland is to promote health and healing through the prism of outdoor exercise and sunlight. Readers interested in affirming nature’s restorative powers will find this book a real gem. 

― Dr. Joseph S. Maresca, Hall of Fame Reviewer, Author of 28 Books

Refreshing and very interesting. I really enjoyed reading Cleverland. Dr. Chen covers many different aspects of nature benefits and addresses to the general public in a right way. Besides the well-written manuscript, the beautiful images also support the arguments. Well done!

Dr. Maja Vujcic, Faculty of Forestry, University of Belgrade, Serbia