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“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Travel provides an array of benefits. One of my favourite benefits is the opportunity to experience more moments of awe and wonder.
Awe is the feeling we get when we experience something that challenges our understanding of the world. Awe often arrives when we’re in nature. New vistas are one of the joys of travel. It’s a million stars lighting up a desert sky, or the feeling you get when standing under a giant Redwood tree and looking up, and it’s the size of the Grand Canyon when you peer over the edge and look down as the sun rises on a new day.
Recent research has uncovered several benefits when we experience awe. Experiments suggest that awe causes us to have a smaller sense of self, which helps us shape our social networks in positive ways.
When our sense of self-importance decreases, we tend to seek more social engagement. We want to share a double-rainbow with someone else. This increases our connection and engagement with others.
Those who marvel at the wonder and beauty of life, and feel a positive emotional connection with nature, tend to experience more moments of awe. Awe makes the world a better place.
Feeling awe has been linked to generosity, humility, better health and sharpened thinking and can also help you become more comfortable with uncertainty. ( Visit: Greater Good in Action online )
As we get older, we tend to seek more meaningful goals and activities. Experiencing awe is one of the most meaningful opportunities we have.
If you can’t pack your bags and go travelling today, here are a few ways to experience awe closer to home:
- Read an awe-inspiring story or watch it on video.
- Take a walk in nature and pay attention to the world around you. Look up. Look down. Look all around. What can you see, hear, smell, feel or taste?
- Write about the last time you experienced awe so you can recapture that feeling.
How else can you cultivate more awe in your life?