Are you happy with your life overall, but still yearning for something more? If you want to feel alive and connected, it may benefit you to cultivate your sense of wonder.
Office workers and schoolteachers can experience just as much awe as astronauts and wildlife photographers. In fact, research shows that each of us needs those moments that make us feel part of something larger than ourselves.
In addition to making us feel happy, awe strengthens our immune system, relieves stress, and encourages us to cooperate with others.
Elevate your daily routines by stepping out of your comfort zone. Use these ideas to cultivate your sense of awe.
Opportunities for wonder are right in front of you if you know how to look. Seeing something or someone you admire can motivate you to aim higher.
- Appreciate art. Decorate your home with beautiful objects and listen to music. Visit art museums and express your creativity through painting or gardening.
- Play with kids. You may have lost some of your ability to feel awe as you grew up. Spending time with younger family and friends can help you recapture your enjoyment of falling snow and mud pies.
- Walk your dog. For maximum excitement, consult the nearest dog. They’ll point out the highlights in your neighborhood park or backyard.
- Take a trip. Travel is another proven way to change your perspective and expand your thinking. Research destinations for your next vacation or a weekend outing. Order brochures, browse online, and talk with others about their recommendations.
- Go outside. Nature is a major source of inspiration close to home or far away. Watch the sun rise and set. Buy a bird feeder or volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary.
Make awe part of your daily life. Slow down and discover the wonders that surround you. Awe makes you feel smaller in a positive way that broadens your perspective and enriches your experiences.