Savor the good in life

Savoring means that we attempt to fully feel, enjoy, and extend our positive experiences. This is a great way to develop a long-lasting stream of positive thoughts and emotions. This can be especially helpful during the tough times of life.

Try to capture the event with all your senses: what you are seeing, smelling, hearing, touching, tasting. Pay attention to the breeze, the music, the weather, the ambiance. Think of how you feel, who is with you, what you are talking about. You might give the memory a name. Intentionally try to commit these to memory. “I want to remember ‘The Convo under the Stars’ forever.”

To further etch it in your memory, tell or show others about your experience. Just talking about it helps you relive it and solidify your memory.

You can also savor the future. Think about an upcoming event, try to envision what you will do, who will be there, the positive emotions you’ll feel. (Caveat: If you are the type to be disappointed if things don’t go exactly as you had envisioned, then perhaps savoring the future in this way is not right for you.)

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