Wake Up to Wonder through "15 Minute Mindfulness" at the Fall for the Book Festival

Join Our Center's Whitney Hopler Wednesday November 18 at 12:15 p.m. via YouTube

Wake Up to Wonder through "15 Minute Mindfulness" at the Fall for the Book Festival

Learn about awe and well-being research and wake up to the wonder around you through a "15 Minute Mindfulness" event on Wednesday November 18 at 12:15 p.m. The event, part of Mason's Fall for the Book Festival, will take place via YouTube and feature Whitney Hopler, our center's communications director and author of the new book Wake Up to Wonder.

During the event, Whitney will discuss research on awe (wonder) and well-being, and lead a series of mindfulness activities designed to help you encounter wonder through your visual and auditory senses.

Wonder is all around us, yet we often miss out on experiencing it because we’re focusing only on surviving rather than thriving. When we’re caught up in the stress of our daily lives, it’s easy to neglect pursuing wonder. But regular experiences of wonder are vital to our well-being. Wake Up to Wonder shows practical steps we can all take to start enjoying more wonder in our lives.

Research shows that wonder can enlarge our perspective. In the midst of the bad news that's causing us stress right now -- from the ongoing pandemic to the struggle for racial justice -- we can still discover and celebrate good news by pursuing wonder. Wonder prevents our lives from shrinking down to the level of our stress. It enlarges our perspective, so we can see beyond our circumstances to hope.