Why a sense of wonder will change the way you see the world.


As little kids, every muddy puddle and spindly daddy longlegs and cardboard box is something to marvel at. We’re jazzed up, enthusiastic, bubbling over with excitement to explore the world around us.

It’s when we allow the miraculous to become commonplace (ahem grown-ups) that we lose our sense of wonder about the world. Life becomes dull, colorless and boooooooring. Days pool together like water droplets. One moment is just like the next.

To live a life of joy and enthusiasm, we have to embrace amazement.  Science says a sense of awe is awesome for us. Feeling awe can make us more generous with our time, more patient, more satisfied with our lives.

This doesn’t mean you need to scale Everest or get a glimpse at a humpback whale every day. Awe can be encouraged in the smallest of ways. We can learn to see the awe-inspiring everywhere — from the tiniest insect to the stormiest afternoon to the seemingly humdrum cup of coffee. When we slow down and gift our precious attention, we’ll find the extraordinary in the ordinary.

In the words of Einstein, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Everything IS a miracle. Choose to see it as such. Wake up to the wonders of the world and find a glorious sense of satisfaction.

So today, instead of walking blindly through your day convinced it’s an exact replica of yesterday, seek to marvel at your own existence. Fresh eyes are everything. Look for the miraculous in a dew-soaked blade of grass, a sprawling cloudscape, your beating heart — and you’ll find it. Embrace wonder, and it’ll change the way you see the world forever.

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