Book Review: Where We Feel Human by Sam Cortes

Before I begin, I’m not entirely sure what the rules are for stating if a post is sponsored or not,and as much as this may sound like a sponsored review, I am receiving nothing from reviewing the following book. I purchased a copy of my own, and did not get anything in return for covering it. The reason I am covering it will be posted in the review. Thank you. 

Rating: ★★★★☆

Author/Photographer: Sam Cortes

As many parts of the world become increasingly urban and indoors, Where We Feel Human prompts a necessary dialogue about why it’s more important than ever to recognize the powerful positive effects nature has on our mental health

I don’t know what to say about this book other than you need to read it. Whether you’re 60 or 16, this book is one you need to pick up. It’s inspiring and thoughtful, and a quick read at only 43 pages long.

I’m sure everyone above the age of 10 has felt stress that only modern society can bring. Cell phones, videos, social media, and what problems might come with them are all things people in today’s society experience.

When we are so consumed by the beeps and whistles and dings that technology is so often sending our way, when do we have time to be ourselves? To be a human being?


Well that’s what Sam talks about in her book, and I think she hits the nail right on the head.

Sam takes a look at what today’s society is doing to us. Whether its psychological or physiological, she says you can’t deny that society has affected your well-being, and it’s true.

But that’s the world we live in. It would be hard to avoid society as it is now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a quick break back to where Sam says we feel most human…nature.

Sam talks about this type of medicine called Forest Bathing, where someone goes into nature and just soaks it in. Hear the sounds, see the beauty, embrace the wonder. I had never really thought about it until I read the book, but I think it is absolutely a real thing.

I remember dozens of times in my life where I had a stressful week at work, or school, or whatever it is that I was doing, and taking my dog for a walk, or heading to the beach at my lake, or even laying outside in the sun made me feel like all my problems went away.

It’s not going to solve all your stresses. Your job won’t magically get better, school won’t stop being challenging, but Forest Bathing helps you physically and mentally be able to deal with them.

Sometimes it’s as simple as that. Put your phone away and just enjoy the beauty of nature.

That’s another thing that Sam brings up. Phones. People have become so dependant on their phones, and kids are experiencing it earlier and earlier too. The more we become dependant on our phones, the less we will seek our the beauty of nature.

Sam had one quote that I really enjoyed that I’ll throw in below:

“Humans protect what they love, but love only what they know. So, what happens if we don’t know nature? How do we love it, and consequently protect it?”

Honestly, after reading this book I don’t think I’ve never felt so at peace. Sam has thrown in quite a few beautiful photographs (taken herself) to fill up the book, and give viewers a sense of the wonder she is writing about.


Sam even says that sometimes, if we can’t physically be in nature, looking at photos of it can help too, and after reading this book I 100% agree.

On a final note, this book’s overall message is one I will support till I am dead. I always have been, and always will be an advocate for putting away the phone, or the game, or the computer and enjoying nature. I know that’s probably a bit hypocritical since you’re reading my post that I wrote on a computer, but it’s all about finding a balance between nature and today’s technology-focused society.

I’d love to hear about your favourite nature based activity? What do you do to help yourself relax? Go camping? Fishing? Let me know in the comments.

If you or somebody you know might be interested in buying D’Arnold finds a home, whether it’s for your kids, or maybe a daycare your kids go to, feel free to reach out to me, I would be more than happy to pass her info along to you. 

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