PONDER on THIS for Thursday, January 21st, 2016 by Polly Campbell in HOW TO LIVE AN AWESOME LIFE

“Savoring is the act of noticing the positive, amazing, awesome things in your life and then pausing to engage with the good feelings that come out of that, says Loyola University professor of psychology Fred Bryant, author of Savoring: A New Model of Positive Experience. It is the process of becoming aware of both the good things in life and your inner, personal experience of them. You might then express those good feelings through gratitude or other outlets, but savoring requires you first to identify the feeling in the moment. To be with it. Absorb it.

Its power lies in our ability to notice the little goodnesses that are part of our daily experience, instead of taking them for granted, Bryant says. Happiness and other positive experiences then arise from those goodnesses.

“It is in the slowing down that we are better able to notice the things that are there to savor. You want to stop and smell the roses? Well, you can’t just roll your window down as you drive by the garden,” Bryant says. “Getting more, moving faster is not better. It’s giving your attention in a mindful, deliberate, conscious way.”

Polly Campbell, in “How to Live an Awesome Life”

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