Can a Sunrise Change Your Life?

Exploring the Science of Awe, Generosity, and the "Small Self"

Can a Sunrise Make You More Generous?

***intro story from JMT

***JMT video here.

Here are some of my other favorite sunrises…

***Envira Gallery

The Research Validated my Experience

***summary of the research

The “Small Self” is the Key to Gratitude, Generosity, Connection with Others

 

What the Ancients Can Teach us About Awe

***job and his friends. Mechanistic world i can control run by natural laws vs. a universe held in the palm of an omnipotet God.

Then Job replied to the Lord:

2 “I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.

4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.’
5 My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
6 Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.”

Practical Ways to You Can Experience Awe

I have found that experiencing awe is like exercising a muscle. I have seen countless sunrises in my life, but it has only been recently that this simple experience takes me into a euphoric state of gratitude…

***picture of the sunrise over 241

Beauty. “Revelation of small things”

 

Awe and prosocial behavior