Wonder is the heaviest element on the periodic table. Even a tiny fleck of it stops time.*
To get a different output, sometimes you need a different input.**
It seems we may have underestimated the value and effects of awe.
We’re now researching why and how awe is a part of being human.
It turns out that just a few minutes of contemplating something awe-inspiring appears to have benefit in three ways:
Among the different ideas that have been proposed, three explanations stand out today: awe strengthens our social bonds, makes us kinder and more generous to others, and fosters a sense of curiosity about our world.^
Maybe this is worth a little experiment, adding a little awe with our cereal in the morning for a more inspiring start to the day?
*Diane Ackerman, quoted in Jonah Paquette’s Awestruck;
**From Rohit Bhargava’s Non Obvious 2019;
^From Jonah Paquette’s Awestruck.