Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence [awe, wonder, elevation]: Noticing and appreciating beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in various domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience. Personified for example by Walt Whitman   (Source: VIA Institue)


The Noel Strengths Academy defines it this way:

  • Lives with a sense of awe 
  • Notices beauty wherever it may be found 
  • Appreciates excellence across the domains of life including the arts, math, science, etc. 
  • Has a sense of awareness when in nature 
  • Pursues wonder in everyday experience 
Jason Silva has an awesome (pardon the pun) video on Awe
Worth Reading
Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers

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