Science of Awe and Being Outside
Awe: That sense of wonder we feel in the presence of something vast that transcends our understanding of the world—like a wide open vista
Being Outside: Immersing yourself in nature
Awe, the Small Self and Prosocial Behavior - Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
"Awe...serves a vital social function. By diminishing the emphasis on the individual self, awe may encourage people to forego strict self-interest to improve the welfare of others..."
Potential for Awe - Science of Learning
"Whatever shape it takes, this perception of vastness upends our existing understanding of the world. It exposes us to things we don’t yet understand..."
This is Your Brain on Nature - National Geographic
"When we slow down, stop the busywork, and take in beautiful natural surroundings, not only do we feel restored, but our mental performance improves too... Strayer (University of Utah Cognitive Psychologist) has demonstrated this with a group who performed 50 percent better on creative problem-solving tasks after three days of wilderness backpacking. The three-day effect, he says, is a kind of cleaning of the mental windshield that occurs when we’ve been immersed in nature long enough..."
Take Two Hours of Pine Forest and Call Me in the Morning - Outside Magazine
"Japanese researchers understand our draw to nature, but American researchers understand our pull away from it—our distractions, inertia and addictions. They want to help motivate us, to make our doses of nature so palatable and efficient that we hardly notice them. This is the next frontier..."
Movements for Change
Changing Company Culture Requires a Movement, Not a Mandate - Harvard Business Review
Both company and social movements start small. A person or a group becomes happens when someone is moved deeply by something that needs to change and dissatisfied with the the status quo. “It turns into a movement when a voice arises that provides a positive vision and a path forward that’s within the power of the crowd…They begin with a group of passionate enthusiasts who deliver a few modest wins. While these wins are small, they’re powerful in demonstrating efficacy to nonparticipants, and they help the movement gain steam. The movement really gathers force and scale once this group successfully co-opts existing networks and influencers. Eventually, in successful movements, leaders leverage their momentum and influence to institutionalize the change in the formal power structures and rules of society.”
Go Wild - John Ratey
Your Brain on Nature - Eva M. Selhub and Alan C. Logan
Spark - John Ratey and Eric Hagerman
Lead like a Guide - Christopher Maxwell
The Adventure Gap - James Mills
The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative - Florence Williams
Exercise and the Brain - John Ratey, book summary
We need to talk about an injustice - Bryan Stevenson, TED Talk
The Brain Changing Benefits of Exercise - Wendy Suzuki, TED Talk
The Power of Awe: Putting Its Benefits to Work - University of Pennsylvania - Wharton Executive Education
Will You Be E-Mailing This Column? It’s Awesome - The New York Times