Aside from offering insight into how the universe was formed, there seems to be some potential for limitless energy, perpetual motion - those sorts of impossibilities that would even be "far out" in a sci-fi novel. What's most to the point though is that it's filling in gaps on how things work, and then once we figure out how things work, we can figure out how to make them work for us. I think this is pretty exciting. As far as I can tell, it's the biggest scientific discovery (in physics) in a very long time. This is pretty much opening the next chapter on how things work in a universal sense.
The last part of this infograph (Higgs is the key) might be the best description I've seen of what the Higgs is: