The power of savouring
So there are strategies that we can use to train our happiness, to help us shape our actions and thoughts to be happier, and savouring is one of these methods. Savouring refers to the act of stepping outside of an experience to review and appreciate its positive impact.
Savouring has been shown to increase happiness (Bryant & Veroff, 2007). It is difficult nowadays to stay in the moment and really enjoy what we are experiencing. But we shouldn’t miss out on these positive emotions that come with doing something we love. Savouring is a method that can help us derive happiness from positive events and intensify and lengthen these positive emotions (Jose, Lim & Bryant, 2012). Savouring isn’t about escaping from present problems but instead is a tool to gain perspective and self-insight in the present (Bryant, Smart, & King, 2005).
Just by making you aware (and with the help of reminders), we make you realize that you experience a lot of amazing, happy moments every day. Sometimes all it takes is paying more attention to the small things.
At hiMoment, we created an app that helps you savour your experiences.
Bryant, F. B., & Veroff, J. (2007). Savoring: A new model of positive experience. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Jose, P. E., Lim, B. T. & Bryant, F. B. (2012) Does savoring increase happiness? A daily diary study. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 7:3, 176-187, DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2012.671345
Bryant, F.B., Smart, C.M. & King, S.P. (2005) Using the Past to Enhance the Present: Boosting Happiness Through Positive Reminiscence. Journal of Happiness Studies, 6, 227-260. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-005-3889-4