A glorious sunset is the epitome of fleeting beauty. For a few minutes, the sky is a spectacle of color — and then it’s over. Yet the psychological effects of admiring the sunset may persist long after the color has faded.
Studies show that appreciating natural beauty may boost well-being, increase generosity and enhance life satisfaction. The key is to actively engage with the experience. To reap the rewards of that sunset, you need to stop whatever else you’re doing and really notice and appreciate the show in the sky.
3 Benefits of Sunset Gazing
Allowing yourself to be captivated by a sunset may have a number of psychological benefits.
Right Off Into the Sunset
Some people find it easy to lose themselves in an awe-inspiring sunset. For others, slowing down to appreciate such a quiet experience doesn’t come as readily. The instinct to stop and stare may have been overridden long ago by the learned imperative to hurry up and get things done.
Yet when you slow down to enjoy a sunset, you are accomplishing some very important things. If your sunset-gazing skills are rusty, try these tips:
Linda Wasmer Andrews writes frequently about the mental and physical health benefits of engaging with nature. Most recently, she blogged about how feeling connected to nature may promote innovative thinking. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.