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Want pandemic relaxation? Here’s why spending time in outdoor garden spaces might help

Orange County Register, April 20, 2021

April 20, 2021

Want pandemic relaxation? Here’s why spending time in outdoor garden spaces might help

Sean Patrick Goldy, a psychological science doctoral student at the University of California, Irvine, said that one of the effects of being in the outdoors is the psychological notion of awe, or a feeling that you are in the presence of something vast that breaks your frame of reference for understanding the world. … Studies show that awe is often associated with feelings of connection to others, generosity and sense of place in the universe — and those feelings of connection may be particularly important in a time when people feel especially isolated, Goldy said.