This quote explains why the feeling of “awe” we get from Nature Breaks helps restore our mental energy and make better decisions as a result.
Awe lives ‘in the upper reaches of pleasure and on the boundary of fear,’ as two scholars put it. it ‘is a little studied emotion… central to the experience of religion, politics, nature, and art.’ It has two key attributes: vastness (the experience of something larger than ourselves) and accommodation (the vastness forces us to adjust our mental structures)… When we experience awe, times slows down. It expands. We feel like we have more of it. And that sensation lifts our well-being.” Daniel H. Pink (pg. 217)