What do you feel when you gaze up at the Milky Way, listen to an incredible piece of music, or witness an act of great courage? This feeling, often complete with goosebumps, is awe—and researchers have discovered that cultivating it can create positive, lasting changes in physical and mental health. With a therapist’s help, clients can tap into awe as a powerful personal resource to promote hope, inspiration, and well-being. In this workshop, you’ll explore:
- Why we experience awe, and the psychological impact of this universal human emotion
- How clients who seek out awe can not only improve emotional, physical, and brain health, but increase compassion, curiosity, and creativity
- Why some people are more disposed to awe than others and how to help all clients cultivate it in ways that help strengthen their connections with self and others
- Practical strategies for building an “awe menu” that’s unique to each client
Jonah Paquette, PsyD, is the Director of Clinical Training for a large program at Kaiser Permanente in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s the author of Real Happiness: Proven Paths for Contentment, Peace, and Well-Being, and The Happiness Toolbox.