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One Mental State that will Accelerate Your Learning & Healing with Dacher Keltner

Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the faculty director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. A renowned expert in the science of human emotion, Dr. Keltner studies compassion and awe, how we express emotion, and how emotions guide our moral identities and search for meaning. His research interests also span issues of power, status, inequality, and social class. He is the author of The Power Paradox and the bestselling book Born to Be Good, and the coeditor of The Compassionate Instinct.

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How can you cultivate more awe into your daily life?

On the spectrum of emotion, awe is probably one of the most elusive and misunderstood. It’s easy to feel awe when you encounter the wonders of nature, a piece of powerful music or art, or have a deeply spiritual experience. But is it possible to create and embrace a sense of awe in your everyday life?

I’m excited to welcome Dacher Keltner to the show today. Dacher is a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, the founder and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center, and a renowned expert on the science of human emotion.  He’s here to talk about his latest book, Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life.

When you’re in a state of awe, your entire body opens up. It activates your parasympathetic system, reduces stress and inflammation, and provides incredible perspective that can improve your mental state. Listen in as Dacher talks about how important it is to embrace the wondrous feeling of awe and why you should find time for it every day.

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"When you really quiet down the filters and biases of the self, you free up perception and your mind."

Dacher Keltner

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**This week’s show notes are taken from the video — enjoy!**

  • When Dacher talks about awe, this is what he means. [3:37]
  • This is what the scientific study of awe encompasses and why it’s so important. [5:16]
  • Awe has a profound impact on your physiology. Here’s what it does to your brain. [7:41]
  • Multiple studies from all over the world finds that awe deactivates this system which has this profound impact on your body. [9:32]
  • Is there an overlap with awe and flow states? The science says this. [11:02]
  • This is how awe impacts the cytokine response in your body. [13:13]
  • Whatever brings you awe, is really good for this. [15:04]
  • This is how you can cultivate awe in your daily life. [18:49]
  • If you’re having trouble finding time to feel awe, try doing this. [21:25]
  • This is why Dacher wrote this book and what he hopes readers get out of it. [23:16]
  • There is still a lot to learn from awe, but this is the easiest way to maintain that state in your life. [26:55]
  • This is the direction Dacher hopes we take awe when it comes to raising children. [28:04]
  • Be sure to grab a copy of Dacher’s book, here.
  • If you want to learn more, visit Dacher on his website, here.

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