Have you ever stared in wonder at a sunset in all its brilliant colors? Or had your jaw drop at an incredible move by an athlete? Or heard a song that gives you goosebumps? YOU ARE BEING AWED!
The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley studies this phenomenon and they discovered that being awed makes you healthier and makes you feel more connected to others.
Have you ever stared in wonder at a sunset in all its brilliant colors?
Or had your jaw drop at an incredible move by an athlete?
Amazing athletic move
Or heard a song that gives you goosebumps?
YOU ARE BEING AWED!
Some folks have studied this phenomenon and discovered that being awed makes you healthier and makes you feel more connected to others.
The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley has looked into this. These are their conclusions:
One of the biggest things awe does is make you feel smaller. Not in a bad way (like being down on yourself) but in terms of your self-importance relative to what you are in awe of. Awe makes you realize there is something larger or more powerful that you feel connected to. You have a humbler attitude about yourself.
Feeling small surrounded by a large view
Here is a flow chart of how awe can lead you into some positive outcomes:
Awe > feeling less self-importance > having more compassion for others > feeling more connected to others > having a more positive mood
How do you get awed?
Bald Eagle catching fish
Half Dome Yosemite National Park
Up close view of a lotus flower
Do you have another way you have been awed? Share it on the MyWoodlot discussion page so others can benefit from it.
Want to discover amazing things?
Want to improve your health?
Want to improve your connection with others.
GO GET AWED!
This website shares more on awe and other things that might interest you: Greater Good Science Center
Glacier National Park