Thursday Thoughts

Week 6


To wrap up our Thursday Thoughts, we are focussing on Awe.

According to Dacher Keltner and Jonathan Haidt, there are two key components of awe: vastness and accommodation. Vastness, being something that is experienced as much larger than the self, and accommodation, being the process of adjusting mental structures to make way for something new.

Awe has been linked to improved physical health, stronger relationships, and feelings of connectedness.

But how do we find awe whilst at home?

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
― Marcus Aurelius


Studies have shown that even just looking at pictures of vast, faraway things can give you a psychological boost. Have you previously been on an amazing awe-inspiring trip? If so, dig out old photos and spend some time looking through them. Not only will this exercise generate feelings of awe, but it will bring back the positive emotions you felt at the time. If you spent the trip with someone else, you can also use the opportunity to share the memories together.

Alternatively, take a look through these images taken from the international space station. 
However long you would like


For a quick awe-inspired boost. Watch this incredible video of Yosemite National Park
4 minutes


Read this article from the Greater Good Science Centre for a deeper dive into finding awe in the home.
15 minutes


Bonus activity! Right now, we are entitled to exercise daily outside. If you get the chance, why not go for an awe walk? Take pictures of the things you see, the flowers, the clouds in the sky! Or – if you want to stay wholly present, just soak it in for all it’s worth. Enjoy!
1 hour