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Happiness Tip: Seek Out Awe

Are you feeling starved for time? Impatient?

New research shows that experiencing awe can make us feel more satisfied with our lives, more patient, more willing to help others, and — importantly, in our crazy busy lives — as though we have time to spare. 

Awe is one of those quiet positive emotions we don’t tend to think much about. Researchers describe it as that “feeling we get when we come across something so strikingly vast in number, scope, or complexity that it alters the way we understand the world,” as Stacey Kennelly explains in this Greater Good article about awe.

Take Action: Make time to expose yourself to something truly awesome. Visit a spectacular  beach or vista point. Watch a sunset or sunrise, or hold a new baby, or watch a nature video (like this one). 

Join the discussion: What place or experience makes you awe-struck? Share in the comments here!


  1. LAJAZZ says:

    Music is the first thing that comes to mind. I am in awe of those who write music that moves me, and those who have the talent to give me chills when singing.

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