The Awe Effect
The Awe EffectThe Science and Discoveries behind the Healing Power of WonderSara Hammarkrantz, Katrin Sandberg
Did you know that experiencing a sense of awe has proven and lasting positive effects on our wellbeing, health and stress levels? In THE AWE EFFECT, you find out all about the health benefits and personal stories surrounding awe, and ways to adding a bit of awe in your own life.
‘Awe’ has been the subject of huge interest over the past few years, but what is it, and why is it important to us?
It has been described as an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration or wonder, which comes out of experiencing the grand or the sublime. It’s a unique feeling that gives us pleasure and happiness in the moment and creates deep meaningfulness in our lives. But not only that, research and tests have concluded that the effect of awe has a profound and lasting impact on our bodies’ systems and wellbeing, in everything from reducing stress and lowering inflammation while making you more present, empathic and actually smarter too.
Authors Katrin Sandberg and Sara Hammarkrantz show that we need awe now more than ever, and that our bodies and minds will thank us for it. THE AWE EFFECT is a result of the authors’ conviction that the feeling of awe – and its important and lasting effects as documented by research – needs to be brought to the general public. They have read scientific articles, talked with pioneers in awe research, interviewed psychologists and researchers in the USA and Europe, and met exciting people who live their lives with awe as a driving force. The more the authors learned, the more they wanted to share what they found with the world.
The result is a book on the art of feeling awe, prompted by the positive effects it can have on people—and the obvious need for the health benefits it entails.
In their book, the authors outline how a moment of awe provides longer-term advantages to health and well-being; they help people rediscover awe and to them see how we can all find more of it in our lives. They also share the research in the area, and they explain why this feeling is especially important to how we live today.
Both thorough and accessible, THE AWE EFFECT also contains practical tips on how to explore awe and use it to improve your health and your life.