Awe is an age-old emotion, and many of us positively crave sights and thrills that make us gape in wonder. Few would argue against the feel-good factor of awe-inspiring moments. While many emotions have been put under the microscope, awe is not one that has ever been studied scientifically to any great extent, until now. Researchers are starting to wonder whether jaw-dropping moments might be therapeutic. Psychologists have to this end recently devised a way to study the feeling of awe in the lab. Across a series of experiments they found that experiencing awe caused people to be less materialistic and more willing to volunteer their time to help others.
Written by Brona McVittie
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