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Why scientists say experiencing awe can help you live your best life

Being in a state of Awe

Maybe you’ve felt it standing in front of a mesmerizing landspace. Maybe it happens when you think about the vastness of space or glance up at the sky and marvel at a supermoon. The emotion is awe. And it has an important role in strengthening happiness, health and our social interactions.

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Why scientists say experiencing awe can help you live your best life

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Being in a state of Awe

Maybe you’ve felt it standing in front of a mesmerizing landspace. Maybe it happens when you think about the vastness of space or glance up at the sky and marvel at a supermoon. The emotion is awe. And it has an important role in strengthening happiness, health and our social interactions.

Experiencing Awe for wellbeing

Awe gets us out of our self-centered thoughts and makes us feel small, but in a good way, by making us see ourselves as a small piece of something larger. And feeling small makes us feel humbled (thereby lessening selfish tendencies like entitlement, arrogance, and narcissism). And feeling small and humbled makes us want to engage with others and feel more connected. 

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