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Cultivate a sense of awe

Dear Friends,

It is October already and SeeingHappy is now five months old. We want to thank each and every one of you for supporting us, for subscribing to our site, and for submitting your photos. Your response has been truly awesome.

Talking of awesome – whether you live in the northern hemisphere and fall is upon you or in the southern hemisphere and spring is round the corner, now is the time to get out and about. Time outside and immersed in the natural world has many therapeutic effects on our wellbeing. This is especially true if we cultivate a sense of awe – the sense of wonder and reverence for the world we live in. Try going for a walk and taking the time to notice all the beauty that surrounds you whether it is the early morning light or a child on a bike. Cultivating this sense of beauty and awe has been shown to increase wellbeing. It can calm us and decrease stress.

To learn more take a look at the following two articles:

Why You Need to Protect Your Sense of Wonder — Especially Now
by David P. Fessell and Karen Reivich on Harvard Business Review

Take a Walk in the Woods. Doctor’s Orders.
by Amitha Kalaichandran on The New York Times

This month we would like to encourage you to send us photos from your awe walks. To set the stage we are spotlighting a photo from Karen Reivich’s meanderings. Karen practices what she preaches so check out her other photos on our site.

Ancient by Karen Reivich

We look forward to seeing and hearing from all of you.

The Team here at SeeingHappy


The team here at SeeingHappy are all photographers who enjoy the process of creating memorable photos. We are a mix of educators striving to share their knowledge and psychologists dedicated to increasing happiness in the world.

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