When was the last time you were in awe of something? Was it when you looked up at the starry night sky? When you heard a beautiful song that gave you chills? Or maybe when you took the scenic route home for the first time? We experience awe all of the time. Awe is that mind-blown feeling where your jaw drops and you can’t believe your eyes. The moments where you feel aware of how small you are in a giant world. The ones you never forget and have the hardest time explaining.
Researchers describe awe as, “an emotional response to exceptionally vast stimuli and events that defy one’s accustomed frame of reference in some domain and transcend one’s current understanding.” It’s a feeling that we all have experienced and one that truly connects us as human beings. Keep reading to learn more about the effects of awe on the brain and our behaviors.
One study shows that awe is a cognitive experience that defies anything that we can rationalize in a given moment. When we feel awe, our brain is relaxed of planning and impulse control, while our frontal and temporal lobes are stimulated. The stimulation of those areas of our brain increases our creative thinking and curiosity. It increases our want to know and understand the phenomenon that seems out of this world.
Awe widens our awareness, making it easier to soak up knowledge at the moment. Experiencing awe strengthens our immune system, along with bringing awareness to our sense of reality, consciousness, and bond with others, ultimately making us feel more interconnected and helpful to people.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.-Albert Einstein
Xen is a powerful electronic wellness tool that can help you focus and be more present in each moment. Using Xen just twice a day may have many health benefits, including helping you reach a deeper state of focus and relaxation. Xen works by stimulating the vagus nerve - which is the longest nerve of the autonomic nervous system (the system that regulates a variety of body processes that take place without conscious effort). It is also one of the most important nerves in the body. It derives its name from the Latin term for “wandering” because it starts at the brain and wanders near the ear canal and then into almost every major organ system of the body. Stimulating the vagus nerve has been scientifically researched for decades for its power to improve wellness.
The electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve sends messages to the brain to generate calming sensations to the body. Using Xen before studying, working, or meditating may improve concentration, enhance mental acuity, and help you stay more mindful.
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