Moral beauty brings people awe and it is the same the world over. Researchers at the University of Berkeley conducted a study asking people around the world to write their own stories of awe. The result: "Around the world, we are most likely to feel awe when moved by moral beauty: exceptional virtue, character, and ability, marked by a purity and goodness of intention and action." Acts of courage, others' kindness, and overcoming obstacles are a few examples of what inspires most of us to feel awe. Everyday moral beauty can transform lives. While it has long been believed that we find our moral compass in great texts and abstract principles, "...we are just as likely to find [it] in the awe we feel for the wonders of others nearby."

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