For me, the desert is therapeutic. It's not really beautiful, yet it's awesome and has the power to drain some stress from me. Remind me of that some day when you see me freaking out.
Here, some 60 miles or so north of Las Vegas, heading toward Zion, the landscape is stark, sun and sand and brush as far as you can see, ending with mountains way off in the distance, zero population anywhere nearby. There's something to be said for that.