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Letter from the Editor: The beauty of a sunset

By: Sarah Tucker

I sat down to pen this editorial on the eve of the end of 2018. Moments ago, the sun went down in the most spectacular Midwestern sunset I think I have ever witnessed. That sunset led to me to start pondering sunsets and the wonder of them.

A glorious sunset is the epitome of fleeting beauty. For a few minutes, the sky is a spectacle of color — and then it’s over. Yet the psychological effects of admiring the sunset may persist long after the color has faded.

Studies show that appreciating natural beauty may boost well-being, increase generosity and enhance life satisfaction. The key is to actively engage with the experience. To reap the rewards of that sunset, you need to stop whatever else you’re doing and really notice and appreciate the show in the sky.

Some people find it easy to lose themselves in an awe-inspiring sunset. For others, slowing down to appreciate such a quiet experience doesn’t come as readily. The instinct to stop and stare may have been overridden long ago by the learned imperative to hurry up and get things done.

Yet when you slow down to enjoy a sunset, you are accomplishing some very important things. And so, as you plan your next teardrop camping trip, remember to take the time to find and enjoy a glorious sunset!

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Until next time…enjoy every sunset!


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