The Serenity Of A Spectacular Sunset…
Here’s video of a gorgeous sunset in Malibu California, where the Pacific Ocean softly rolls up to the beach…the title of this story is actually the exact headline from The Washington Post….because not only is a gorgeous sunset fun to watch, it’s good for us as well!
I took this shot when I was in Cabo San Lucas Mexico…gorgeous and serene….and apparently, some new research says it’s what we all need more of!
Remember when I shared this photo of a sunrise over Los Angeles?
Just looking at this made me healthier!
As The Washington Post just reported:
People find sunrises and sunsets to be the most beautiful and awe-inspiring weather, according to a study published this year from a pair of British researchers. People liked them more than storms, rainbows, clear blue skies or nightscapes .
With that in mind, remember when I shared this sunrise over Los Angeles?
My wife was leaving for work and called to tell me to film this and I’m glad I did! It was a spectacular way to start the day – but here’s how we ended one as well:
What a sunset!
Yes, Malibu offers an amazing vantage point as the sun setting over the Pacific just seems to slowly melt away – see more video of that LA sunrise and Malibu sunset here:
More from The Washington Post:
“Research has shown that spending time in nature under clear blue skies can boost your mental health, but the new research suggests perhaps looking at a sunset or sunrise can be an extra boost for your emotional state. That even includes sunsets on paintings or screen savers, too.”
I completely understand how these images can inspire and soothe…the article goes on to note:
“Awe has typically been a difficult emotion to evoke, said lead author Alex Smalley, but feelings of awe can improve mood, increase positive emotions and decrease stress. Smalley’s research has shown that people can “experience these bumps in awe and aesthetic appraisal and beauty” when looking at a sunset or sunrise.”
Here’s one of the most spectacular sunsets we’ve ever experienced:
That’s my wife Alex toasting a Santorini sunset – truly spectacular…in fact, here’s what it looks like when you are on the water in sailboat:
What was also spectacular was watching people pose for photos with this backdrop:
See more of our magical adventure here:
These images have a powerful impact on our psyche. The Post story goes on to report:
“We have, as Western populations, become very disconnected from the natural world,” said Smalley, a doctoral candidate at the University of Exeter in England. “When you see something vast and overwhelming or something that produces this feeling of awe, your own problems can feel diminished and so you don’t worry so much about them.”
As I said earlier, I saw a spectacular sunset in Cabo, and it was while a lone fisherman wasn’t ready to give up for the day:
It turns out he wasn’t the only aggressive fisherman that day – look who hitched a ride on a fishing boat in the harbor!
It’s just part of the magical adventure that is Cabo – from a hitch-hiking sea lion to ravenous fish!
See more videos here:
The Washington Post always has terrific stories like this one – see the entire article here:
I have featured sunsets on my site for years, like this one:
Yes, it was captured through a “Dirty Martini!”
See more of my “life thru liquid” series here:
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What beautiful sunsets! I love just sitting still and watching the sun set. Very therapeutic.
HI John, the colours of some of these sunsets are quite remarkable. I love the pink and yellow sunsets.
You have seen some amazing sunsets indeed, John. My personal favourites were at Luxor, Egypt. Watching the sun set over the River Nile from our hotel room balcony, looking like a scene from 3,000 years earlier.
I wasn’t up early enough to see the sunrises. 🙂
Best wishes, Pete.
John, there is nothing better for the soul than watching a sunrise or sunset. I’m a huge sunset fan, and they fill me with invisible sparkles. The sunset with Alex toasting must have left you with a remarkable feeling. Thank you, Mother Nature.
Twice a day and yet we often miss them! Every spot on earth has them and the variations are wonderful.
Absolutely! I always enjoy the best ones when vacationing on the coast, but I try to catch them at home too, when I can!
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Nothing like a good sunset. In Maui, we pulled the car over just so we could watch a fabulous sunset.