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Green Care 101: Ever Try AWE Walking?

Updated: Jul 1, 2022

Awe: inspires feelings of boundless wonderment

Finding something to Awe about while walking in Nature,

Does your Body and Brain good!

Awe Walking promotes health, it feels good and is 100% free!

I say YES! to cheap and accessible medicine with no adverse side effects!

And who doesn't relish a daily dose of respite that takes you to the beach, forest, river, park, or garden?

  • Experienced increased focus on their surroundings vs. themselves

  • Had measurably broader smiles by the end of the study

  • Experienced wonder and appreciation for the details of the world around them

  • Heightened sense of exploration and expansion

  • Increased joy and connectedness

  • Awakened sense of childlike curiosity

Virginia Sturm, Ph.D., a John Douglas French Alzheimer's Foundation, Endowed Professor in the UCSF Weill Institute for Neuroscience, helped develop this idea of inducing Awe as an intervention for the study:

"I find it remarkable that the simplest intervention in the world — just a three-minute conversation at the beginning of the study suggesting that participants practice feeling awe on their weekly walks — was able to drive significant shifts in their daily emotional experience," Sturm said.

The study shows how shifting our mindset on a walk is an inexpensive way to improve mental and emotional health for older adults.

All ages can benefit from enjoying an Awesome Walk!

Tips for Awe Walking:

  • Set an Intention to be present to the wonders around you

  • Heighten your awareness of the sights, smells, and sounds of Nature

  • Walk as though you are kissing the Earth with your feet, Thich Nhat Hanh

  • Discover something you have not noticed before- spend a few moments gazing into a tree, at a bird, or surrounding landscape

  • Express Gratitude! Vocalize three New things you are thankful for-deepening Connection

May You Enjoy an AWEsome Walk!

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