Sunday, July 22, 2012

Awe therapy

I'm not quite sure what to make of this story about "awe therapy," but I thought I'd mention it. The gist seems to be that when people feel that they have no time they suffer from stress and depression, but when they see something "awesome" (even on video), such as the Grand Canyon or the Northern Lights, they feel as though time slows down, so they have more of it. This makes them happier, more patient, and more inclined to help others.

This strikes me as a good thing, but the idea of packaging such experiences and handing them out on video as therapy seems like a poor substitute for the real thing. A little bit Brave New World too.

More here.

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