In this Magic Monday, we’re diving into an emotional technique called savoring, which can help improve productivity and happiness.
In a previous post, we explored how to harness two specific human emotions: regret and nostalgia. This week, there is another emotional technique known as savoring, which you can introduce into your routine to boost positivity and build long-term happiness.
To begin, let’s pause. Take a breath, and think of a happy or pleasant memory. Remember the sounds, tastes, smells and emotions of that particular memory, and hold onto it for a moment.
Are you smiling yet?
By extending positive thoughts, events and emotions (perhaps by continuing to harness nostalgia), we are slowly teaching ourselves to build happiness. But it doesn’t just extend to savoring the past. In her Psychology Today article, Dr. Tchiki Davis explores applying this method to the past, present and future.
You’ve likely been encouraged or have encouraged others to “be present in the moment” – always excellent advice. One method to accomplish that is to practice savoring the present. Here are a few ways to do this:
- Show It – express positivity in your facial expression or body language.
- Tell it – share with someone else whatever it was that brought you joy at that moment.
- Share it – Use a social media post, especially if you can publicly praise whoever caused the positivity in the first place.
You may find that others respond well in kind, so positivity spreads!
Savoring the future involves a bit of imagination. For example, if there’s a vacation you’re looking forward to or a goal you are working to achieve, visualize what you’ll do, who will be there, and what you’ll be feeling. Hold it in your mind and savor it.
Build happiness for yourself and others by giving savoring a try this week. One way could be to think of a friend, family member, client or colleague. Dwell briefly on something they did or said that made you feel especially happy, and then reach out and let them know how much you appreciate them.