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Awe, Wonder, and the Science of a Meaningful Life
Monday, August 16, 2021, 8:00 AM to Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 5:00 PM EST
Category: CE Events: Adult Individuals

What do you feel when you gaze up at the Milky Way, see a beautiful rainbow, or stand before a mountain that seems impossibly high? What happens in your body, and what emotions arise, when you come face-to-face with the wonder of these sorts of experiences? This feeling – often complete with goosebumps and a shiver down our spine – is known as awe. And as it turns out, this underappreciated and often misunderstood emotion just might hold the key to a happy, meaningful, and healthy life. Although we think of awe as a rare emotion, reserved only for the most exhilarating of life’s marvels, studies have shown that awe-inspiring experiences are all around us. We don’t have to climb to the summit of Mount Everest or stand atop the Eiffel Tower to reap the many benefits of awe. Instead, we can learn to notice the changing colors of the leaves, truly see the joy in a child’s eyes, or allow ourselves to be uplifted by the kindness of a stranger.When we do, we improve our physical health, strengthen our social bonds, and become lastingly happier. Experiences of awe strengthen our immune system, improve our psychological well-being, and even change our brain in unique ways. As it turns out, the moments that make us go “Wow!” can be the very moments that lastingly change our life forever. In this seminar, participants will explore the nature and benefits of awe and wonder, and how learning to become more awestruck can improve our psychological, physical, and social well-being. Over the course of our time together, we’ll also explore the importance of other positive psychological states – including gratitude, mindful awareness, self-compassion, and more. Best of all, we’ll be reviewing dozens of evidence-based practices that can easily be integrated into your clinical work. Through discussion, lecture, clinical vignettes, and small group work, you will learn to harness these breakthrough findings and transform your clinical practice.

Hosted by MAK Continuing Education, LLC, Cape Cod Institute online for 12 CEs. For more info, visit www.cape.org.