The Power of Awe

Dacher Keltner

  • An explanation of “awe” and how it affects our well-being and promotes a deeper connection to the natural world
  • How awe calms stress and shifts us from our head to our heart
  • The research on nature’s ability to make us feel more connected and less isolated
  • How nature helps us understand that we survive by sharing and collaborating
  • Simple, easy ways to experience the powerful and moving effects of nature

Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of California Berkeley, and founding director of the Greater Good Science Center. He also hosts an award-winning podcast, The Science of Happiness, and his research explores the biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, awe, love, beauty, power, social class, and inequality.

He is the best-selling author of Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, The Compassionate Instinct, and The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence. Keltner has published over 190 scientific articles and has received numerous national prizes and grants for his research. Keltner served as a consultant for Sierra Club, Pixar, Google and Pinterest, and for the Center for Constitutional Rights in the efforts to eliminate solitary confinement.

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