07 Dec Savouring
Taking the time to stop and smell the roses, what researchers call savouring, enhances happiness, appreciation and gratitude. Savouring helps us deepen the impact that positive events have on our lives. When we savour, instead of just slipping from our awareness, or not even registering in the first place, these events sink into our minds and stay with us long after they are over.
We don’t always notice the pleasant and positive things around us in our busy daily lives. Often we are in a rush, distracted by other thoughts, or busy on our phones. As a result, we miss opportunities for positive experiences and positive emotions, which are the building blocks of long-term Happiness and Wellbeing.
Research shows we can increase the benefits of the good things around us by consciously savouring them rather than letting them pass us by, or taking them for granted. We don’t have to do or be anywhere extraordinary to savour, but simply to pay more careful attention to the sights, smells, and sounds we often neglect.