Savor the Good

The passing moment is all that we can be sure of; it is only common sense to extract its utmost value from it...  W. Somerset Maugham

Over the past several weeks, I’ve been studying and reading a lot about positivity. A couple of my clients have mentioned they want to bring more positivity into their worlds, which made me super curious about how we do that in practical ways. I have a lot of my own ideas, but I wanted to see what others were saying.

And one of the biggest treasures I’ve found through reading so far is the practice of savoring the good. 

Merriam Webster defines the verb to savor as to enjoy something for a long time (or as long as possible).  

In his book, Hardwiring Happiness, Rick Hanson (a neuropsychologist) suggests that everyday experiences have to potential to actually change our brains (for the good) if we take time to simply do what he calls taking in the good. 

This practice involves noticing when little things like the perfect cup of coffee, the smell of the rain, playing with a kitten, or a hug from a friend make us feel warm, loved, happy, or generally just good.  When we notice those things, we should savor them. Spend an extra ten seconds really appreciating the happy feeling (even if it’s tiny).

Hanson and other researchers suggest that through this process of savoring, we actually change our brains to focus more on the positive.  We create neural pathways which notice and vibe on the positive more and more.

So, there’s my little two minute pep talk for the week.  Start savoring the good. When something happens in your life that makes you feel light, spend some time thinking about how damn good it is, dig into that feeling of gratitude, and just simmer for a bit.   

And, as always, I’d love to hear how this is working for you.  If you give it a try, please please let me know how it’s working.  I’ve been playing with this throughout the past week or so, and I can say it’s making me an even happier human.

Love & kitties,

Solveig

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