Practice Regime: Generating Awe

Humans are primarily emotional creatures. That is, emotions drive what we do. This is strange for us to hear because we tend to believe that we are primarily intellectual or reason driven. but research demonstrates that this is just not the case.

This opens the door to the question , “which emotions are most useful?” The answer might surprise you. One emotion that is particularly useful is gratitude. When you feel thankful, you get smarter. Another very useful emotion is awe.  Awe inspires a range of positive mental and physical reactions. These reactions expand our awareness of time and can even protect the body and mind.

So what generates awe?  Consider this quote from the above article

… research suggests that the events that end up being most important in our lives, the events that bring us the most happiness and also carry the potential for the most pain, are social events — moments of connecting to others and feeling their connections to us.

In other words, people are the most awesome things around. Do you give them credit for that?

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