Do you want to be more awesome? By that I mean, to be more awesome from everyone else’s point of view, to be more generous and helpful. I know I do, perhaps mostly just because I believe that is one of the most reliable paths to happiness.
People in Costa Rica are pretty awesome, in that they are mostly generous and helpful and principally focused, in a wise way, on their true well-being and in the well-being of others. Recent research in the US suggests an explanation for the general awesomeness of people in Costa Rica – they are in awe, therefore they are awesome.
The researches split subjects into groups and showed one group normal blah kind of stuff and the other group got to look at awesome things, like towering trees. Here, in a nutshell, is what they found:
“The researchers said they believe that awe induces a feeling of being diminished in the presence of something greater than oneself. It is this diminished sense of self that shifts focus away from an individual’s need and toward the greater good, they wrote.”
This idea resonates with my personal experience of what English enlightment philosphers and painters called “the sublime” – mostly natural things that are beautiful in a fierce way, in a way that makes you feel a little small.
That is perhaps why everyone in my family is a mountain climber, and it is what sends us all into the depths of the jungles. And when we emerge, or climb back down, we come with our needs not so much fulfilled as eliminated. Gazing at the mountains, with their immoveable needlessness, or the tropical giants reaching toward the sky, we are moved to contentment.
I love staying at DoceLunas because the owners have preserved the canopy and the trees tower above the property reaching dizzying heights. They are awesome; I am in awe. And I don’t need anything right now. I have a little time to help you, if you have a word press or SEO or programming, or general Jaco Costa Rica question.
Check out this Toucan I saw in one of our shorter, but still very awesome ancient Banyan tree!
How about you? How do you feel about awe? Would you like to come experience some in Costa Rica? We have some awesome watefalls and natural parks and a really awesome sea shell collection that we keep on the beach. We are running a 30% off speical on our already low prices right now, so come on down and experience the Pura Vida!
Study: Awe, the Small Self, and Prosocial Behavior Paul K. Piff APA