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Is Spirituality Irrational?

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.24.2017 | Religion
Gleb Tsipursky

Written by Ron Garret in response to "Religious and Rational?" This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organiz...

The Science of Awe And Why It Matters At Work

Quiet Revolution | Nidhi Berry | Posted 01.20.2017 | Healthy Living

This article first appeared on QuietRev.comAwe has been getting increased press lately. Along with mindfulness and compassion,awe is now the subject o...

Debunking Myths About Awe

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 09.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

When I met with Dacher to ask him a few questions, I realized I had a lot of mistaken assumptions about awe--assumptions that many people share, and our culture seems to encourage. In the interview below, he debunks many of those assumptions and presents a view of awe as accessible, plannable, and absolutely essential.

Connect With The World Around You

Lisa Firestone | Posted 09.27.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Lisa Firestone

"Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit." -Edward Abbey At a recent...

Most Of Us Can't See The Milky Way Anymore. That Comes With A Price.

The Huffington Post | Bahar Gholipour | Posted 06.10.2016 | Science

The silver ribbon of stars that wraps the night sky has long been an awe-inspiring sight for anyone who cares to look up. But that’s not the case an...

The Benefits of Feeling Awe

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 06.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

Jeremy Adam Smith Camping in New Mexico, far from cities and their light pollution, Craig Anderson would look up and feel small under the countless c...

Why Do We Feel Awe?

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 05.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

Take the time to pause and open your mind to those things which you do not fully understand. You will be the better for it -- and, as your feelings of awe ripple out through acts of kindness, so will the rest of us.

How to Get More Energy and Reduce Your Stress With Awe

Debbie Lyn Toomey | Posted 05.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Debbie Lyn Toomey

"You only lose energy when life becomes dull in your mind. Your mind gets bored and therefore tired of doing nothing... Get interested in something! G...

The Power We So Blithely Invoke

Shayne Looper | Posted 04.25.2016 | Religion
Shayne Looper

If the "fear of the Lord" is the beginning of wisdom, ours must be a very foolish generation. And if the "fear of the Lord" is exhilarating, ours must be a very bored (and boring) generation.

4 Activities To Inspire Awe

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 03.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

Awe isn't always a comforting feeling -- sometimes it can be downright frightening -- but it's a powerful way to cut through the monotony and see things in a new light. We hope that the awe exercises on Greater Good in Action will be a useful starting point as you aspire to make your life more "awesome."

5 Ways Nature Can Make You Kinder, Happier, and More Creative

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 03.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

Here are some of the ways that science is showing how being in nature affects our brains and bodies.

Morning Walks: Human -- 1, Red Fox -- 1

Leslie Gernon | Posted 02.29.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Leslie Gernon

I am now looking forward to the time when my meditation walk intersects again with the red fox since I have now shifted out of a place of fear to a place of awe. I want the chance to stop in my tracks and merely watch -- to see, to really see. And, to chuckle slightly at my own humanness.

Americans May Be Getting Less Religious, But They're Feeling More Wonder

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.26.2016 | Religion

Awe is that feeling you get when you look up at the beauty of the night sky or look out over the incomprensible vastness of an ocean. It's something t...

Here Are 10 Powerful New Insights From The Science Of Happiness

Greater Good Science Center | Nico Pitney | Posted 01.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul

This article first appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. More than a decade after Greater G...

When Was the Last Time Something Took Your Breath Away?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 12.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

The sensation of awe is universal but hard to describe -- "jaw-dropping," "goose bump giving," and "spine tingling" are often used to capture that sense of wonder that awe inspires. Indeed, the experience of awe occurs in the body as much as it does in the mind.

Five Ways to Restore Humanity to the Classroom

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.25.2016 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

For many educators, the testing paradigm has removed the joy of teaching, leaving little time for connecting deeply with students. This sense of connection isn't a luxury. Throughout the country, teachers are resisting the testing paradigm by putting those person-to-person bonds first.

Mystery and the Psyche

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Jane Simon, M.D.

"It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage & beautiful country lies in between." This beautiful quote by poet Diane Ackerman...

The Blank Canvas

Cassidy Hall | Posted 11.09.2016 | Arts
Cassidy Hall

"It's so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas." Paul Cezanne Looking into the blank canvas of my day, I emerge riddled with t...

A Steady Diet of Wonder and Awe

David Bennett | Posted 10.30.2016 | GPS for the Soul
David Bennett

As the hot days on the beach are past and autumn air is becoming crisp, we may have lost our sense of awe. A new steady diet of wonder can help. Not l...

3 Surprising Ways to Feel Less Busy

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 10.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

Although people tell me all the time they like feeling busy -- perhaps because it makes them feel important and significant -- I'm not buying it. Would you ever choose busyness over a more relaxed form of productivity?

Stunning Sunsets Reminds Us To Experience Awe In Daily Life

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.04.2015 | Religion

Never doubt the power of a simple sunset to inspire a deep sense of wonder and gratitude. Photographer Kim Weiss has spent countless moments observin...

Evolution Will Change How You See the World

Lawrence Rifkin | Posted 09.09.2016 | Science
Lawrence Rifkin

When the idea of evolution sinks in - really sinks in - evolution hits home with power and an emotional rush.

7 Under-The-Radar Destinations That Will Reignite Your Sense Of Wonder

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 08.24.2015 | Travel

Set aside time for awesome experiences and ultimately, studies show, it could help you live a happier life. Gazing up at a powerful waterfall, losing ...

Why Aren't You Awesomer?

Michael Neill | Posted 06.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael Neill

"Why aren't you awesomer?" It was such a direct question that it made me smile, and when my client asked me what I was smiling about I told him and he asked me what I meant.

Expand Your Happiness and Pleasure Vocabulary: OMG? How Do You Say Something, Some Experience Is Amazing, Awesome?

Rob Kall | Posted 06.02.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Rob Kall

Crossposted from There are words to express awe, joy, like those I used in the title-- Amazing, Awesome, Incredible -- but ther...