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Taking Time Out To Be In Awe

From the Show: HER
Summary: Gosh, it is difficult these days to find something to be happy about. Or to be positive in general. But Gretchen Reynolds says, why don't you go for an awe walk?
Air Date: 12/3/20
Duration: 30:04
Host: Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Gretchen Reynolds

I write the popular "Phys Ed" column for The New York Times, which posts online as part of the "Well" blog and also appears in the print edition of the paper's "Science Times." The column regularly is among the week's most emailed stories and several columns have been among the most viewed and most emailed stories of the year at nytimes.com.

I also write for a variety of other publications, including The New York Times Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, Men's Journal, Outside, Parade, Popular Science and others. I've won a number of awards for my writing and reporting, including two National Magazine Award nominations and one shared win in the Personal Service category.

Currently, I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with my husband, an artist, and our teenaged soccer player/swimmer/track sprinter/freestyle skier. I'm also a committed if slowing athlete, with two marathons, a dozen century bike rides, many mountain bike races and a number of Fun Runs under my belt. Nowadays, though, I lose the Fun Runs to my son.


  • Book Title: The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer
  • Guest Twitter Account: @GretchenReynold
Taking Time Out To Be In Awe

Gosh, it is difficult these days to find something to be happy about. Or to be positive in general. But Gretchen Reynolds says, why don't you go for an awe walk?

Now, what is an AWE walk?! Well, it's simply getting outside and noticing the things around you. Older men and women who took a fresh look at the objects and vistas around them felt more upbeat and hopeful.

Gretchen is back on the show to tell us all about finding moments of awe in our lives. She writes the popular "Phys Ed" column for The New York Times, which posts online as part of the "Well" blog and also appears in the print edition of the paper's "Science Times."

Read her latest NYT piece here.

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