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The Health Benefits of Awe Experiences   

In this course we will visit the most awe-inspiring places in the world conjoined with a discussion of the health benefits of awe experiences. Each student will create a pictorial awe journal to which they can return at regular intervals to replay their awe selections. Current research suggests that awe can take us outside the self, unplug the ego, and connect us with positive emotions. Among our visits, we will spend one day on Mars with an aerospace-engineer-guide. We will also explore awe returns from the James Webb Space Telescope.

*Recommended reading: In Awe, John O'Leary; The Awe Factor, Allen Klein; Awestruck, Jonah Paquette.

 

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