Have you ever noticed something that spectacular and beyond belief in how it stood out in your mind that your jaw dropped staring at it? This realization of being in the presence of something so powerful in scope unlike anything that is familiar is experiencing awe.
Though awe is an emotion that can often take your breath away with excitement as well as fear by the way the body reacts to the encounter, it also can work to our benefit to usher in more happiness in social interactions in addition to improving health and well-being.
Awe is Life-Changing
When we see something this remarkable that surpasses our belief system by the response awe triggered, it can change our way of thinking. As a result, awe can help us tune into new ideas and alter our perceptions of what we thought possible. Think of all the scientific advancements that awe caused through history. Can you imagine what went through the minds of those seeing the first car on the road or an airplane flying over their heads? Staring at such a site was monumental enough to pave the road for those inventions and what came next after looking at the complexity of it through fresh eyes.
Something just as life changing is seeing someone do something so rare and unexpected that it moves you intensely since it is so unselfish. This is another form of awe that can change a person for the better. The encounter can get a person to re-evaluate treatment of another in a way never considered before. Miracles can happen as a result of an experience with this kind of awe that can move you at your core to do such things.
The reason awe can be so life-changing is because it makes us feel so small in the whole scheme of things. We get to see beyond ourselves because we now perceive the world differently through enlightened eyes.
Awe can help unite people to tackle bigger issues. The world is suffering many ills. It can be the vehicle that opens your eyes to bond you to others with the same cause. You might never have been aware of the problem until it happened to you or someone else you know. This is how mighty of a force it is to solve unthinkable problems.
Awe can also be what it takes to improve your health. According to one study, this emotion can help the body fight inflammation to lower levels after measuring levels of the cytokines proteins that are responsible. This gives hope to those with chronic diseases caused from inflammation such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, depression to diabetes.
Go after what drives you can be the stimulus of what it takes to spur awe. If your passion is staring up at the stars, you could see something so unique that the sight excites the mind to reach further. The pursuit that you are deeply interested in is all that matters to bring about awe.
Have you ever noticed how children view the world? Their curious eyes are constantly seeing things we miss as adults. Taking the time to watch what they find so fascinating can help us see differently through their eyes to reexamine whatever it is.
The reality is awe is all around us just waiting for us to discover it at the right moment!