Savoring is the ability to notice a pleasant experience and to make it last as long as possible. Noticing and savoring all of the simple pleasures in life is a powerful stress management tool for increasing your overall happiness and well-being. Over the next week, find one thing that you can spend a few minutes savoring each day and write down what you did.
I. Sharing With Others: You can seek out others to share an experience and tell others how much you value the moment. This is probably the single best way to savor pleasure.
II. Memory-Building: Take mental photographs or even a physical souvenir of the event and reminisce about it later with others.
III. Self-Congratulation: Do not be afraid of pride. Tell yourself how impressed others are and remember how long you’ve waited for this to happen.
IV. Sharpening Perceptions: Focus on certain elements and block out others.
V. Absorption: Let yourself get totally immersed and try not to think, just sense.
Focusing on the things we have to be grateful for has been proven by researchers in the field of Positive Psychology to increase happiness and satisfaction in life.
Each night this week before you go to sleep, write down three good things that happened that day. Then write why you think each of those things happened.
On one line, write "What happened."
On the next line, write "Why it happened."
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"To be mindful is to be truly alive, present, and at one with those around you and with what you are doing." Thich Nhat Hanh
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