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How to find a sense of awe and discover a miraculous world right outside your door.
For most people, the first time they see the Grand Canyon or Yosemite Valley or Niagara Falls, their eyes widen, their jaws hit the floor and life is quiet for a moment. In other words, they are in awe.
Researchers often describe awe as an emotion that combines an experience of vastness with both pleasure and a fear of the unknown. While many of us might consider these moments rare, ephemeral and tricky to reproduce, a few scientists are finding that this reverence is a skill that can be cultivated and has remarkable mental health benefits.