Evidence That It Works
In a study conducted with more than 500 Chinese adults, researchers found that awe together with a sense of meaning in life resulted in higher levels of well-being and happiness. Moreover, researchers on happiness suggest that finding activities, particularly ones that fit a person’s values and interests, can promote and sustain happiness. Research also highlights that character strengths are linked to well-being, including the pursuit of engagement, meaning, and accomplishment.
Why Does It Matter?
Teachers and other education professionals often experience high levels of stress in their work. Yet, research suggests that when we are aware of our passions and values, we can use them to alleviate stress, helping to cultivate both a thriving life and work experience. In turn, this can help build flourishing educational environments that prioritize the well-being of students and staff alike.
Awe can help raise our awareness about what really matters, eventually leading to more happiness and well-being. Indeed, research conducted with almost 1,700 adults living in the United States, found that experiences of awe were related to finding meaning in life.