How awe-struck are you?
It is an existential question that was asked by the psychologist Paul Piff from the University of California, Berkley. He decided to study the Psychology of Awe.
If you score each item below from 1 to 5, and your total reaches 30, then “you must be pretty enchanted by the world” says Paul Piff.
- I often feel awe
- I see beauty all around me
- I feel wonder almost every day
- I have many opportunities to see the beauty of nature
- I often look for patterns in the objects around me
- I seek out experiences that challenge my understanding of the world
Here is what has been said about the phenomenon of “Awe”:
- it is the things in life that leave us speechless
- it is the emotion of marvel and self-transcendence
- it is a feeling of admiration and elevation in the face of something greater than the self
- it is a cousin to appreciation and gratitude
- it is an immune-system boost
- it improves cognitive functioning and increases attention span
- it makes people feel more connected and motivated to act for the greater good