Savoring is a useful strategy for experiencing and extending positive emotions. Check out this activity to learn how to practice savoring the moment.
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Some of the skill-building activities on this website help you develop greater potential for happiness - for example, skills like growth mindset. Other skills help you directly increase you happiness in the moment. One of those skills is savoring.
Savoring is when you intentionally try to make your positive emotions last longer or be stronger. Regularly engaging in savoring has been shown to contribute to improved well-being, so let’s practice savoring.
In this activity, you will spend 10 minutes writing about a happy, joyful or pleasant event that happened earlier THIS WEEK.
For example, you could write about: “A good conversation you had with a friend.”
1. Write about the people, smells, sounds, physical sensations, and sights that you experienced at the time of the event.
2. Focus on the positive emotions that you felt during and right after this event.
3. Focus on how this event occurred and how you created this situation for yourself.
4. Write about anything else that makes you feel good about this event.
What do people savor?
Thank you to everyone who submitted your responses to this activity! We can now share some common themes that emerged among our community.
In the Berkeley Well-Being Institute community, you most often chose to savor:
To keep savoring, check out this article with more information on savoring.
About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at Berkeley, she started creating online content & programs to boost well-being—some of these have reached more than a million people. As author of Outsmart Your Smartphone, and contributor to Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis aims to share her insights on happiness & health with people all across the world. Learn more about Dr. Davis.