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The Science of Awe

Awe is more than something nice to have on vacation or during the occasional break or day off, but the doing part of us often needs some convincing before paying attention to finding awe in everyday life.

To persuade that part of us, here are just four of the many reasons we need awe in our everyday lives to thrive, with links to scientific studies and suggestions for further reading at the bottom of this post.

  1. Experiences of awe tend to create a cascade of other positive emotions such as joy and gratitude which are linked to greater health, happiness, and well-being.

  2. Awe makes us more generous, encouraging us to help others.

  3. Awe makes us feel smaller, helping us gain perspective, see new possibilities, and be more open to others.

  4. Awe sharpens our brains, encouraging critical thinking and improving our ability to solve problems by enhancing our ability to analyze, communicate, stay open minded, and be creative.

My newest experiential retreat, Reclaiming Awe in Everyday Life, a three-day retreat near Missoula, Montana from June 22-25, 2023, will explore and offer experiences of awe as an antidote to the over-stressed, over-achieving, and under-satisfying experience of daily life common to all of us at times.

In gratitude and honor of readers of my blog. I'm offering a $500 discount to you and anyone you know who might be interested. This offer will be valid for registrations received with a $500 deposit by May 1.

You can register here and call, email or send a WhatsApp message with any questions or to find out more about the retreat.

Au Revoir for now!

Steve Hindman +41 (0)79 796 08 97 WhatsApp +1 (360) 303-0473 Expand Your Experience

How a bit of Awe Can Improve Your Health: Children Who Are Exposed to Awe-Inspiring Art Are More Likely to Become Generous, Empathic Adults, a New Study Says Awe Engages Your Vagus Nerve and Can Combat Narcissism: How Awe Sharpens Our Brains: Further Reading Studies of Awe by the American Psychological Association: go to and enter the search term "awe". Collected Studies of Awe from the Berkeley Center for the Greater Good The Science of Awe, A white paper prepared for the John Templeton Foundation by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley , September 2018


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