Why Inspiration Matters
It opens us to new possibilities by allowing us to go beyond our ordinary experiences and limitations. Inspiration propels a person from apathy to possibility and transforms the way we perceive our own capabilities.
And the good news is that it can be activated, captured, and manipulated, and it has a major effect on important life outcomes.
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Awe is an emotional response to being in the presence of something greater than yourself, and that exceeds current knowledge structures.
Awe is a positive emotion and has a broadening effect on our thoughts and actions.
Feelings of awe have historically been recorded when individuals encounter contact with a "higher" power.
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