The Effects of Feeling Awe
Stanford psychologists Melanie Rudd and Jennifer Aaker are studying the effects of an unusual emotion: awe. From ScienceDaily:
“Across three different experiments, they found that jaw-dropping moments made participants feel like they had more time available and made them more patient, less materialistic, and more willing to volunteer time to help others.
The researchers found that the effects that awe has on decision-making and well-being can be explained by awe’s ability to actually change our subjective experience of time by slowing it down. Experiences of awe help to brings us into the present moment which, in turn, adjusts our perception of time, influences our decisions, and makes life feel more satisfying than it would otherwise.” Read more here.
What makes you feel awe? The ocean always does it for me.