“More than just a simple ameliorative, every element of the wonder cycle, from openness to awe, supports a more resilient psyche in even some of the most extreme and terrible situations. This attribute of wonder [resilience] means we can reap some benefits even in challenging times.
“From prison to space, wonder even promotes emotional regulation in what are known as isolated, confined, or extreme environments.
“An absence of wonder, which can occur from a dearth of any of the wonder cycle elements, creates emotional and physical distress. Other than the lack of stimuli and human connection, one of the causes of this distress is a loss of meaning-making, as humans need meaning to metabolize our experiences and find life-sustaining purpose.”