If you really want to cultivate a sense of wonder, first you need to really understand what wonder actually is. According to several dictionaries, wonder is, “a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar or inexplicable.” If we follow that definition, then it is easy to develop a sense of wonder – you just look for surprising new things you either didn’t know about before, or didn’t really understand even if you did know about them. Even the familiar can cause a person to wonder when they see it from a new perspective or angle they never did before.
If you find yourself bored with life and wishing you could get excited about something, cultivating a sense of wonder is easier than you might think, so you’re in luck. One of the easiest ways to get more curious about the world is to look at it through the eyes of a child. You were a kid once – remember? Even if you don’t, you can sort of regain that perspective which has been lost to time and age by watching kids play, or do anything at all really. Everything is exciting to a kid because it’s all new and never experienced before.
Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to suddenly find things like worms in clods of dirt to be wonderful. Kids are not afraid to fail, which is just part of being a kid. There’s nothing wrong with it, it just is. Another option is to read works from creative people. Authors with open minds can help readers to open their own minds with the perspectives and knowledge they share in their writing. A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is an excellent book for anyone looking to expand their mind and start thinking about all the “what ifs” that exist.
These don’t need to be works of fiction either. In fact, educational texts can get the mind’s juices flowing and start you thinking about new things just as well as a favorite novel or other piece of writing. Look at your current situation in life and try to imagine some skill that would be useful to you, then educate yourself on how to do that thing. For instance, if you have a wobbly table that keeps bothering you, read about furniture and learn how to fix it. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, then stop waiting and start doing!
We have espoused the value of a solid routine and how repetition in dancing can lead to a better sense of discipline here. But we’ve also talked about how changing up that routine can open you up to new experiences; seeing new people and doing new things. The last tip we have is to look at your life through someone else’s eyes. This may require you to have a lengthy chat with another person, but that’s nothing to be afraid of if you genuinely care about learning how it is that other people perceive you. This exercise will almost surely point out some places where you could improve, and that’s wonderful.