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13 Ways Adults Can Cultivate A Sense of Wonder

Are you happy with your life overall, but still yearning for something more? If you want to feel alive and connected, it may benefit you to cultivate your sense of wonder. Office workers and schoolteachers can experience just as much awe as astronauts and wildlife photographers. In fact, research shows that each of us needs those moments that make us feel part of something larger than ourselves. Cultivating wonder is important for adults because it can help to promote creativity, curiosity, a sense of awe and appreciation for the world around them. It can serve as a reminder to stay open-minded and receptive to new ideas and perspectives. Experiencing wonder can be a source of inspiration and motivation, help to reduce stress, and promote well-being.


Elevate your daily routines by stepping out of your comfort zone. Try these ideas to cultivate your sense of awe.

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Seeking Inspiration


Opportunities for wonder are right in front of you. The world is full of beauty and majesty. Seeing something or someone you admire can motivate you to aim higher. It can help to reconnect us with our sense of purpose and meaning, and can inspire us to live our lives more fully and authentically.

 

Take advantage of these methods to discover inspiration:

  1. Listening to music. Music can evoke powerful emotions, and can be a great source of inspiration for writing, art, and other forms of self-expression.
  2.  Appreciate art. Decorate your home with beautiful objects and listen to music. Visit art museums and express your creativity through painting or gardening. 
  3.  Play with kids. You may have lost some of your ability to feel awe as you grew up. Spending time with younger family and friends can help you recapture your enjoyment of falling snow and mud pies. 
  4.  Reading. Reading books, articles, and other written materials can expose you to new ideas and perspectives, and can spark new thoughts and ideas.
  5.  Take a trip. Travel is another proven way to change your perspective and expand your thinking. Research destinations for your next vacation or a weekend outing. Order brochures, browse online, and talk with others about their recommendations. 
  6.  Go outside. Nature is a major source of inspiration close to home or far away. Watch the sun rise and set. Buy a bird feeder or volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary.

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Using Habits to Spark Your Sense of Wonder


One way to do this is to try new things. For example, taking a different route to work, trying a new hobby, or visiting a new place can all be ways to add some novelty and variety to our daily lives. This can help to break up the monotony and to spark a sense of wonder and curiosity. Another way to spark wonder through habits is to practice mindfulness and being present. When we are present in the moment and fully engaged in what we are doing, we are more likely to notice the minor details and beauty around us. This can help to create a sense of awe and wonder.

 

Having a habit of gratitude can also help to spark wonder by reminding us of the things we are thankful for, and to appreciate the beauty and wonder in the world. It's also important to note that these habits don't have to be grand, big, or time-consuming. Sometimes, small things like taking a few minutes to appreciate the sunset, or listening to the birds singing, can be enough to bring back the sense of wonder.

 

Habits can spark wonder, try these strategies:

  1. Mindfulness and meditation. Practicing mindfulness and meditation can help you focus your mind and to be more present in the moment, which can be a great way to tap into your inner creativity and inspiration. 
  2.  Work out. Regular exercise can help you stay active as you age. Maintain your mental and physical strength and fitness. 
  3.  Savor your food. Healthy eating is one way of honoring how much your body does for you. Sit down and chew your food slowly. Prepare your own meals and snacks using delicious whole foods. 
  4.  Help others. Thinking about others reduces anxiety and depression. Practice random acts of kindness and find a career that enables you to have a positive impact. 
  5.  Focus on teamwork. Wonder makes you want to collaborate with others, so you can accomplish more. Celebrate diversity and build trust. Set clear goals and work on your communication skills. 
  6.  Try new things. Novelty promotes feelings of awe and helps you to stay engaged. Mingle at parties and chat with strangers. Take courses online. Ride your bike instead of driving to the office. 
  7.  Keep a journal. It’s easy for your sense of wonder to get buried under daily concerns. A journal could help you notice and remember the amazing moments that happen each day.

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Wonder can help break through mental blocks and spark creativity. When we experience wonder, we are more likely to be open-minded and curious, which can lead to new discoveries and ideas. Make awe part of your daily life. Slow down and discover the wonders that surround you. Awe makes you feel smaller in a positive way that broadens your perspective and enriches your experiences.


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  • Angel Lewis

    A bit about me. I was born and raised in rural North Carolina, and currently call Virginia home. My passion for writing was awakened while attending Guilford College (Greensboro, NC). In 2021, I published my first book 'My Self-Care Plan: 12 Monthly Strategies That Will Transform Your Life'. It inspires readers to make self-care a priority during the next 12 months so that they can live their best life possible. The spring of 2022 saw the release of 'Ready. Set. Fly!' my debut children’s book that encourages self-belief and perseverance.

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4 thoughts on “13 Ways Adults Can Cultivate A Sense of Wonder

  1. Fantastic post. Some of these I already do – reading being a big one. Traveling is something I’m planning to do now that I’m an empty nester. One of the things I want to look into this year is journaling. I like the idea of one-liners or one thought per day. I need to rip off the band-aid and just start. Thanks for inspiring me.

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