A 2015 study led by Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology at University of California, Berkeley and founder of the Greater Good Science Center, found that “being in awe” can be beneficial to your mindset and wellbeing. Dacher commented that
“the things we do to experience these emotions — a walk in nature, losing oneself in music, beholding art — have a direct influence upon health and life expectancy”
Although he identified wellbeing in his research, this feeling of awe also helps me directly with my mindset. Sometimes, like this morning, when I’m feeling flat I want to think and feel more positively to get myself moving through the day. On different days I use different techniques but today I wanted to feel inspired by the most beautiful places on earth.
Since my private jet is being serviced (!!) I decided to travel via the Internet, courtesy of the Matador network site although of course there are many websites to choose from, where there are so many places in the world that take your breath away.
However, my final destination and the one “go to” place that always inspires me is the Taj Mahal, the ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. I never fail to feel in “awe” and can quickly snap into a positive mindset, which I did again today.
It works for me but what works for you?
Where in the world inspires you the most?
What ways do you use to help you improve your mindset and wellbeing?
View Matador’s list of inspiring places in beautiful colour