13 Ways to Cultivate Your Sense of Wonder

Are you happy with your life overall, but still yearning for something more? If you
want to feel alive and connected, it may benefit you to cultivate your sense of
wonder.


Office workers and schoolteachers can experience just as much awe as astronauts
and wildlife photographers. In fact, research shows that each of us needs those
moments that make us feel part of something larger than ourselves.

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In addition to making us feel happy, awe strengthens our immune system, relieves
stress, and encourages us to cooperate with others.

Elevate your daily routines by stepping out of your comfort zone. Use these ideas to
cultivate your sense of awe.

Seeking Inspiration

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Opportunities for wonder are right in front of you if you know how to look. Seeing
something or someone you admire can motivate you to aim higher.

Take advantage of these methods to discover inspiration:

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  1. Study science. The successful fast tracking of the COVID-19 vaccines is even more remarkable when you remember that it took more than 20 years of research to develop a shot for polio. Keep up with science and perform your own simple experiments.
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2. Appreciate art. Decorate your home with beautiful objects and listen to music.
Visit art museums and express your creativity through painting or gardening.

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3. Play with kids. You may have lost some of your ability to feel awe as you grew
up. Spending time with younger family and friends can help you recapture
your enjoyment of falling snow and mud pies.

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4. Walk your dog. For maximum excitement, consult the nearest dog. They’ll point
out the highlights in your neighborhood park or backyard.

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5. Take a trip. Travel is another proven way to change your perspective and
expand your thinking. Research destinations for your next vacation or a
weekend outing. Order brochures, browse online, and talk with others about
their recommendations.

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6. Go outside. Nature is a major source of inspiration close to home or far away.
Watch the sun rise and set. Buy a bird feeder or volunteer at a wildlife
sanctuary.

Using Habits to Spark Your Sense of Wonder

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Regular daily routines, like washing dishes and attending meetings, become more
meaningful when you engage fully with what you’re doing.

Try these strategies:

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  1. Wake up early. Studies show that early risers tend to be happier and more
    successful. Stick to a bedtime that allows you to wake up naturally with plenty
    of energy to power you through your day.
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2. Work out. Regular exercise can help you to stay active as you age. Maintain
your mental and physical strength and fitness.

3. Savor your food. Healthy eating is one way of honoring how much your body
does for you. Sit down and chew your food slowly. Prepare your own meals and
snacks using delicious whole foods.

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4. Help others. Thinking about others reduces anxiety and depression. Practice
random acts of kindness and find a career that enables you to have a positive
impact.

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5. Focus on teamwork. Wonder makes you want to collaborate with others, so
you can accomplish more. Celebrate diversity and build trust. Set clear goals
and work on your communication skills.

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6. Try new things. Novelty promotes feelings of awe and helps you to stay
engaged. Mingle at parties and chat with strangers. Take courses online. Ride
your bike instead of driving to the office.

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7. Keep a journal. It’s easy for your sense of wonder to get buried under daily
concerns. A journal could help you to notice and remember the amazing
moments that happen each da
y.

Make awe part of your daily life. Slow down and discover the wonders that surround
you. Awe makes you feel smaller in a positive way that broadens your perspective
and enriches your experiences.

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