1. What one thing did you do better today?
I gazed at nature. I gave my eyes a rest from screen and soaked in the beauty of all tints of green. I was looking at distant trees, listening to the sound of rain.
2. Has doing so made you or someone else feel better?
Me and my eyes. It really does have a significant calming effect.
3. Has it brought any new realisations?
I recently read a report on a study researching effects of gazing at nature. It suggests that taking time to look at nature through the window, or a walk outside can be really helpful for improving attention and performance in the workplace. The theory is that because nature is effortlessly fascinating, it captures our attention without your having to consciously focus on it. It doesn’t draw on your attention control, which you use for various daily tasks that require you to focus. gazing at natural environments thus provides an opportunity to replenish your stores of attention control. Apparently that is really important because they are a limited resource that we are constantly tapping. So make sure you take time throughout the day for short breaks and gaze at the nearest nature spot. When you have more time, try to meditate, even if just for a few longer breaths and let nature shift your attention and calm your body and soul.