When you read this on Saturday, I’ll enjoy something I haven’t experienced in a while: a visitor! Throughout the pandemic, our people can see each other more easily and even travel to do so (based on their comfort level). That’s why I’m so excited to loved ones and embrace them again after so much distance. Seeing friends and family not only brings joy at the moment but also allows us to make new, shared memories – something that mostly happened through Zoom parties or commiserating phone calls .or nonexistent altogether. But now, with vaccines,
That sounds so normal in the best way. There’s also something super fulfilling about showing a loved one some of your favorite places when they visit. Whether it’s the best bakery on your street or your favorite food spot in the neighborhood, sharing these parts of yourof showing love. With more freedom in being together safely, we can make memories in real life with quality meal times and game nights. So whether you’re expecting your visitors soon or just looking to spark some joy, I hope you find happiness this .
Awe makes us happier, healthier, and humbler.
Speaking of the feelings of joy and excitement that visitors bring, we could all use some more awe. We think of Wonder as an emotion reserved for the most extraordinary moments – summiting a mountain, the birth of a child, or an exquisite live performance. Butthe emotion shouldn’t be associated only with rare events, my colleague Alia E. Dastagir writes. They argue that the daily experiences of Wonder should be a regular part of how we engage with the world.
“Big moments that people have in their lives are going to produce awe, but what a lot of recent research is showing is that even those more everyday experiences of awe – just briefly noticing the beauty of nature in our neighborhood or our backyard – those can have a positive effect on our well-being,” said Craig Anderson, a researcher at Washington University in St. Louis who has studied awe in nature.
Researchers say awe has many emotional, social, and physiological. Wonder is shown to make us happier and contribute to greater life satisfaction, make us care more about other people, and increase our humility. Research has demonstrated awe can make us think more critically, expand our perception of time, and lead to less materialism. Anderson has shown Wonder can help at-risk populations, including young veterans, cope with PTSD symptoms and stress.