The Northern Lights improve our mental health, help us overcome stress

A jaw-dropping moment really can make time appear to stand still – or at least slow down, new research suggests.

Regular “awesome” experiences may also improve our mental health and make us nicer people, claim psychologists.

The findings raise the prospect of “awe therapy” to overcome the stressful effects of fast-paced modern life.

Awe is the emotion felt when encountering something so vast and overwhelming it alters one’s mental perspective.


Examples might include experiencing a breathtaking view of the Grand Canyon, taking in the ethereal beauty of the Northern Lights, or becoming lost in a dazzling display of stars on a clear, dark night.

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