Amazed: How do we spark our sense of wonder?

The sense of wonder apparently speaks of our hunger to be moved, to be engaged and impassioned with the world and take pleasure in it, attuned to it, grateful for it, and fascinated by it. It’s supposedly a corrective for the conventional and habitual, for the fact that day-to-day life offers so few helpings of raw experience, of intensity and aliveness, and of novelty.

So how do we find wonder and why is it important?

Thanks to the following guests for participating:

Bernadette Russell is an author, performer and thaumaturge, who lives in south-east London, where she writes and creates performances for both adults and children. In 2015 she was chosen as one of the Southbank Centre’s Changemakers for her project “366 Days Of Kindness.” The Little Book of Wonder: Rediscover the power of creativity, curiosity and imagination was published in 2018:

Happiness Evangelist and Life Coach Julie Leonard

Here are some of the resources from the show:

Steven Johnson shows us how some of the most transformative ideas and technologies, like the computer, didn’t emerge out of necessity at all but instead from the strange delight of play.

Based on the R.J. Palacio novel of the same name, “Wonder” follows a year in the life of August Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), Auggie, for short. He was born with a genetic abnormality that has required him to undergo surgeries and medical treatments since his earliest days.

Books looked at this week:

Bernadette Russell: The Little Book of Wonder: Rediscover the power of creativity, curiosity and imagination

Steven Johnson: Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

PS. I do not receive commission for reviewing books and talks.

Published by suswatibasu

Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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