A new study from the University of California, San Francisco found that people consciously aware of the vistas and objects around them on a walk—researchers call these “awe walks”—reported being more hopeful and upbeat than walkers who did not. Study participants were older men and women, and one group was instructed on how to cultivate awe (i.e., look at the world with fresh, childlike eyes) on its stroll. “Awe walking” is a central component of forest bathing, and it shows how being mindful during exercise can increase the mental health benefits.

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