Thanks, Kelly. In my recent work with tutoring young students, I've applied a wonder-based philosophy to it: Learning is inherently fun, and anything that gets in the way of it being fun needs to be changed or removed to let the learning be fun again.
IMO, the most important thing I can do for a student is to help keep alive that innate sense of wonder, and to foster a life-long love of learning. I've gotten some good feedback so far, and I continue to learn myself how to improve my tutoring methods.
Wonderist, I like the way you defined words for this discussion and especially the way you link, 'awe of terror and wonder'. I have concernes and am writing about politics, economics and religion attempting to define the current challenges facing us, not only our nation but the world. Even as current events scare the daylight out of me and leave me feeling helpless, I am able to see some options that give me a sense of wonder. I think the problems are human made and can be human solved. Especially when I observe writings of concerned people who offer alternative points of view. Confusion, disagreement, failures, challenges provide impetus to seek, and ask, and learn better ways of social and cultural development ... kind of like the evolution of culture.
Awe enhances life.
The researchers found that the effects that awe has on decision-making and well-being can be explained by awe's ability to actually change our subjective experience of time by slowing it down. Experiences of awe help to brings us into the present moment which, in turn, adjusts our perception of time, influences our decisions, and makes life feel more satisfying than it would otherwise.