Awe in Religious and Spiritual Experience

Recent research is uncovering new connections between awe and spiritual experience.

Protesting God

Adversity can lead people to atheism or agnosticism. But what if questioning and anger were actually considered a critical component of a close, resilient relationship with God?

Longing for More

What do you really want in life? Applying theory and research on the German concept of Sehnsucht may help you to better understand your quest and live well.

Letter to an Incoming Student

Two psychology professors reflect on what students can do to succeed this new school year.

The New Ambivalence for Warm Weather

We may be bearing witness to the dawning of a new human experience, one in which we both enjoy unseasonable warmth and also feel something may be wrong with the climate.

Finding the Meaning of Life Today

We may want to make our "mark" on the world, but the greatest sources of meaning and significance may be found in little moments throughout daily life.

Improving the Experience of Online Education

Can online courses provide the kind of experience crucial for students to develop critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity? New research suggests the answer is "yes."

7 Ways to Be Awe-Inspired in Everyday Life

It is possible to experience the spark of awe in everyday life. Here are seven research-supported recommendations for how to do so.

Why Do We Do What We Do?

Nature and nurture almost never influence behavior in isolation. Rather, nature and nurture almost always interact to influence behavior in complex ways.

The Next Eastern Therapy

In need of inspiration and rejuvenation? "Forest bathing" may be the remedy.

3 Reasons Why America Is Starting to Lose God

Both personal religiousness and spirituality are showing signs of decline in the United States. Here’s why.

The New Psychology of Atheism

New research suggests that nonbelief also is influenced by relational and emotional factors.

To Do or to Be?

What would happen if we focused less on what we want to “do” and more on how we want to “be?”

The Replacement of Awe

Many of the most popular media events in history are similar in that they elicit a sense of awe. In doing this, they can replace sources that traditionally have inspired people.

The Loss of Awe

One of the great stories of our time has largely went untold: the loss of awe. Routines have replaced astonishment. However, individuals can take steps toward greater awe.

The Continuous Nature of Awe

Conceptualizing awe as a continuous variable may clarify the concept and provide individuals with different applications to life enrichment.

A Brief History of Awe

The emotion of awe long has been thought to be important to human experience, a speculation that increasingly has been supported by empirical research. However, awe also is an extraordinarily complex phenomenon. This is reflected in how substantially the conceptualization of awe has changed over time.

Nurturing Awe in Kids

Awe is an emotion that has the potential to unlock many other positive qualities in individuals. Parents and other adults have the potential to nurture awe in kids in several ways, as discussed in this article.

Emotions That Stimulate Student Learning and Growth

"Knowledge emotions" may be essential to encouraging students' learning, curiosity, exploration, and reflection this upcoming school year and beyond.

How "Awesome" Are You, Really?

Individuals appear to differ in how often they experience awe.

7 Reasons You Need to Live a More Awesome Life

The emotion of awe is an elusive, but intriguing, human experience that has generated increasing scientific interest.

A Reflection on Extreme Prejudice and Violence

It is painful to passively accept the extreme prejudice and violence being reported across the world. Reflecting on these incidents can help to raise awareness of similar tendencies around and within all of us. What can we do locally and in ourselves to counter prejudice and violence, and promote more peaceful and effective relations, particularly across different groups?

Treatment of Psychological Diseases and Disorders

Although there are nearly 400 different psychological disorders, not all are created equal.

Stress (and Life) Management

Stress is a cultural endemic, so pervasive and accepted that many people blame their unhappiness or ineffectiveness on socially sanctioned poor coping responses.

"Kristallnacht:" The Night that Shattered Humanity

The "night that shattered humanity, "Kristallnacht," occurred 75 years ago on November 9, 1938. This event typically is considered to be the beginning of the Holocaust. Understanding Kristallnacht teaches many lessons about factors that contribute to prejudice and hatred, as well as what can be done to promote acceptance and peace today.

Blending the Best of Different Cultures

Individualistic and collectivistic cultural orientations each have their pros and cons.

A New Focus for School Reform: The Student

Education reform is best focused on where learning actually occurs - in the student.

Insights From a Scientific Worldview

Many people study psychology for insights into different content areas. However, understanding and appreciating psychology's scientific worldview actually may provide more fundamental insights. Learning to think more scientificially may be vital to helping individuals to think more critically and make better decisions in everyday life.

Everyday Mystery

“Mystery” may be defined as having to do with the “unknown,” the “unknowable,” or the “uncertain.” Some respond to mystery with closed-mindedness or indecisiveness. Others respond with curiosity, openness, faith, and hope, allowing mystery to transform their everyday lives.
Love for a Lifetime

Love for a Lifetime

To experience a successful relationship requires a countercultural intention to do things differently, to love everyday. Here are some ideas for how to do so.