Advertisement

X

Satisfaction With Life Increases by Being in Awe

by Kathy Jones on  July 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
A -A +
A new study has revealed that the feeling of awe can affect decision-making and well-being of people.
 Satisfaction With Life Increases by Being in Awe
Satisfaction With Life Increases by Being in Awe

It doesn't matter what we've experienced - whether it's the breathtaking scope of the Grand Canyon, the ethereal beauty of the Aurora Borealis, or the exhilarating view from the top of the Eiffel Tower - at some point in our lives we've all had the feeling of being in a complete and overwhelming sense of awe.

Awe seems to be a universal emotion, but scientists have largely neglected it - until now.

Psychological scientists Melanie Rudd and Jennifer Aaker of Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Kathleen Vohs of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management devised a way to study this feeling of awe in the laboratory.

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 bring 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.

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

Ask an Expert

C
If you have a question about health related issues, you can now post it in our Ask An Expert section on our community website Medwonders.com and get answers from our panel of experts.

Most Popular News on Medindia

P
M
X

Ask an Expert

Ask an Expert+
s
Disgraced IMF Chief Strauss-Kahn Has an Aphrodisi...
 Disgraced IMF Chief Strauss-Kahn Has an Aphrodisiac Drink Named After Him
S  Pentagon Says Uniformed Soldiers Free to March in Gay Pride Parade
Pentagon Says Uniformed Soldiers Free to March in...