The Power of Wonder!
Author Monica Parker in her new book The Power of Wonder reveals what wonder is, why we need it, and how to cultivate it in your life.
In our technology-obsessed world, Parker points out that many have traded wonder for the “facsimile of electronic novelty-seeking”: scrolling on Facebook, Instagram, or whatever your current jam is.
Whether you’re aware of it or not, wonder spirals its way through our shared human experience. From artistic expression to religious faith; from the sound of music in a concert hall to the sunrise over the Grand Tetons to an electrical storm out the window of an airplane.
Parker’s book shows the science behind how wonder can change your perspective, your body, your soul, and your life for the better.
And get this? Researchers have shown that people who experience wonder have lower blood pressure, lower stress, and lower markers associated with diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease.
In today’s world, we often hear people say, “How can I achieve happiness?” Parker suggests that maybe that’s the wrong question.
What if we’re so fixated on happiness that we’ve failed to question whether that’s what we should be pursuing.
Why not wonder? Wonder may actually be a better path to the highest good in life.
By being wonder prone, we drop some of our walls and become more curious and empathic toward others, strengthening the interconnectedness between us.
This book gives people a roadmap for how to cultivate a wonder mindset and how to develop behaviors more attuned to wonder.
That sounds pretty WONDER-ful to me.