A brand new research study carried out by Stanford University shows that a sense of awe expands people's perceptions of time, enhances feelings of well-being, and even causes people to behave more altruistically and less materialistically!! The studies' proof of the benefits of awe will come out later this year in Psychological Science!
Here is just a dose of their awesome findings >
"Three experiments showed that participants who felt awe, relative to other emotions, felt they had more time available (Experiments 1, 3) and were less impatient (Experiment 2). Participants who experienced awe were also more willing to volunteer their time to help others (Experiment 2), more strongly preferred experiences over material products (Experiment 3), and experienced a greater boost in life satisfaction (Experiment 3).
Mediation analyses revealed that these changes in decision making and well-being were due to awe’s ability to alter the subjective experience of time. Experiences of awe bring people into the present moment, which underlies awe’s capacity to adjust time perception, influence decisions, and make life feel more satisfying than it would otherwise.
Awe Expands People’s Perception of Time,
Alters Decision Making,
and Enhances Well-Being."
Everywhere we go, every second of the day, every place we look is an opportunity for us all to GRAB A HOLD of life! There is ALWAYS a reason to feel wonder, excitement, happiness, and AWE... it is just up to each of us to seek it and see it. AWE is always a possibility and it is always within us to feel it, so tap into it!
Neuropsychologist Paul Pearsall defines awe as an "overwhelming and bewildering sense of connection with a startling universe that is usually far beyond the narrow band of our consciousness." Pearsall sees awe as the 11th emotion, beyond those now scientifically accepted (love, fear, sadness, embarrassment, curiosity, pride, enjoyment, despair, guilt and anger).
Dance around this site for a bit and I hope you'll find some inspiration and ways to remember that magic surrounds. We truly do live in an awesome universe :)