Taking an awe-inspiring walk will help boost your well-being, according to scientist Virginia Sturm of the University of California.
She explained that historical monuments, botanic gardens, and changing colours of trees, and even a starry night are all potentially awe-inspiring.
Sturm said: “Awe can be found almost anywhere, but it is most likely to occur in places that involve two key factors: physical vastness and novelty.” She emphasised that it is important to occasionally shift your energy and attention outwards instead of inwards, and this can lead to significant improvement in emotional wellbeing.
What to do:
- Walk alone for at least 15 minutes. You will need to search for vast and unfamiliar things. Turn your phone off or put it on aeroplane mode.
- Choose a new location each week. Novelty is the spice of life.
- Tall trees and sunsets can help create a mood. In cities try monuments and large buildings. Panoramic views work too.