As we enter the new year, it's worth considering the role that awe can play in our lives. Awe is a complex emotion characterized by reverence, admiration, and amazement in response to something perceived as vast, consequential, or grand. It's an emotion we don't often think about but can profoundly impact our well-being.
Unfortunately, we seem to be in a critical deficiency of awe these days. With so much of our time and attention consumed by screens and the constant stream of information and stimuli that comes with modern life, it's easy to become numb to the world around us. We might see the beauty and wonder in the world, but it's all too easy to take it for granted.
But our future may depend on cultivating a sense of awe. Research has shown that experiences of awe can have several positive effects on mental and physical health. They can reduce stress and anxiety, increase feelings of social connection, and improve mental well-being. Awe may even be able to slow down the perception of time, allowing us to savor the present moment and appreciate the world around us.
So how can we cultivate a sense of awe in our lives? One way is to seek out experiences that are likely to evoke awe. This might include exploring natural landscapes, attending concerts or other cultural events, or engaging with art and literature. It also includes appreciating the beauty of the everyday world, such as walking in nature or simply looking up at the stars at night.
Another way to cultivate awe is to be open to it. When we're in a rush, it's easy to tune out the world around us and focus on the task. But if we try to be present and open to the world, we're more likely to experience moments of awe. This might involve slowing down and taking the time to see and appreciate what's around us or simply being open to the possibility that something unique or wonderful might happen at any moment.
As we enter the new year, it's essential to be intentional about seeking out and experiencing moments of awe. It might not be easy – the world can be busy and stressful– but our mental and physical health benefits make it worthwhile. So let's resolve to seek out moments of awe in the year ahead and appreciate and savor the beauty and wonder of the world around us.
By Dean Miles
Keywords: Business Continuity, Mental Health, Startups