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Jun 23, 2024

"We can find awe, then, in eight wonders of life: moral beauty, collective effervescence, nature, music, visual design, spirituality and religion, life and death, and epiphany." --Dacher Keltner

Exploring the Science of Everyday Wonder

In an insightful discussion, Dacher Keltner, a renowned psychologist and author delves into the science of everyday wonder and its profound impact on our lives. Keltner explores how awe-inspiring experiences, whether found in nature, art, or human connections, can enhance well-being, foster resilience, and even improve physical health. He emphasizes that moments of wonder are accessible to everyone and can be cultivated through mindful practices and openness to new experiences. Keltner also speaks about the biological and neurological underpinnings of awe, explaining how it activates the parasympathetic nervous system, leading to reduced stress and a sense of calm. He shares practical advice on incorporating awe into daily life, such as spending time outdoors, engaging in creative activities, or simply pausing to appreciate small wonders around us.


In the last couple of days when have you encountered the feeling of awe? How about being present and noticing something extraordinary in the ordinary today and sharing this experience with someone you care about?