The Atlantic

Awesomeness Is Everything

Why encountering vastness makes us more spiritual, generous, and content
Source: Christopher DeLorenzo

In October, Jeff Bezos’s space-flight company, Blue Origin, passed a crucial safety test when it successfully detached a crew capsule from a rocket. In the process, would-be space tourists came one giant leap closer to suborbital selfies. A joyride to 330,000 feet would be, quite literally, awesome.

Research on awe (an emotion related to Edmund Burke’s notion of the sublime, Sigmund Freud’s oceanic feelings, and Abraham Maslow’s peak experiences) reveals both its triggers and its far-out effects. and

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Atlantic

The Atlantic16 min read
The 24 Best Television Episodes of 2017
The Atlantic’s editors and writers pick their favorite 2017 moments from The Handmaid’s Tale, Master of None, The Leftovers, Better Things, and more. (Just to be clear, spoilers abound.) Just as Serial’s listeners at some point started to send in the
The Atlantic5 min readPolitics
How Republicans Closed the Deal on Tax Cuts
With late support from Senators Bob Corker and Marco Rubio on a package finalized Friday, the GOP is on the precipice of a major legislative victory next week.
The Atlantic4 min readFood & Wine
Here Comes the Meat Tax
There is a “hospital-themed restaurant” in Las Vegas called the Heart Attack Grill. Inside, customers are invited to tempt death with food. The waitresses dress as provocative nurses and deliver “prescriptions,” which are enormous hamburgers. Dependi