When was the last time you experienced something or someplace that filled you with wonder?

That sense of delight, happiness, admiration, and awe that truly wonderful things inspire can feel elusive at times. It can be tough to feel this as we go through the motions and experience the monotony of our set routines.  Sometimes, it takes the act of stepping outside of our “normal” to help reignite our search for the wondrous–so here’s our reset.

On this Saturday Around the World, you won’t have to buy a plane ticket to see some of the most wonderful places on the planet. With the help of this marvelous piece from Great Big Story, we will travel to them together in a video that will be the most interesting 11 minutes of your day! (The video covers 5 very different places, so don’t drop out after you’ve seen only the first!)

From unique homes that are their own oases, to parks full of absurdity and whimsy, here are a few wonderous places that are a beautiful reminder that it’s still an amazing world!

Feeling a little more inspired?

There is something marvelous about the strange, the wonderful, and the completely out of the ordinary. They remind us that fun, surprise, and delight are emotions that are important to nurture. Moreover, these experiences are a wonderful “reset” to our worldview.

Will our day to day tasks seem monotonous at times? Yes.

But we can always choose to find the moments that make them wonderful.

13 minutes

Rediscovering Wonder with Janet Echelman

Can we rediscover our sense of wonder and reshape the way we envision our world? After watching this TED Talk by the incredible artist Janet Echelman, the answer is, most certainly, yes!

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This wonder is all around us–in art, the natural world, and especially in the people we meet. When we allow ourselves to be inspired and acknowledge that sense, we are reminded, even in the most troubling times, that happiness is not an elusive force.

12 minutes

The People Behind the World’s Weird and Wacky Places

Ever looked at something strange on the roadside and said, "I wonder who made that?" Here are the people and stories behind some of our planet's most weird and wonderful places!

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To leave you today, we encourage you to check out either of the articles above, they are some of our favorite pieces filled with the people making the world a little more wonderful for us all!

Oh, and if you are a long time Ever Widening Circles reader, you may have recognized Slava, the clown, from an article we published last year! He has an amazing story that’s worth a listen. Check it out below!

25 minutes

Can Clowns Teach Us to be More Human?

When an art form meant to highlight our own humanity has begun eliciting fear... it may just be time to look back at its roots. Today, we learn a bit more about the amazing, mystical world of clowning!

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Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

Want to see more wonderful things?

Head over to our full Saturday’s Around the World archive to take a tour of some of the most extraordinary places and cultures on the planet!

Saturdays Around the World

Notes:

  1. “Adventures in Real Life Wonderlands.” YouTube. Great Big Story, 16 Sept. 2017. Web. 26 Jan. 2018. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqprQjGSDMM>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV