What is Savouring?
It’s possible to savour across three different dimensions of time:
- Thanksgiving: A world-focused view that requires cognitive reflection and regulates gratitude (ex. giving thanks before a meal)
- Basking: A self-focused view that involves self-examination and celebrating yourself, and regulates pride (ex. reminiscing on successes by sharing accomplishments)
- Marveling: A world-focused view that necessitates being absorbed in an experience and regulates awe (ex. watching a beautiful sunrise)
- Luxuriating: A self-focused view and immersive experience that regulates physical pleasure (ex. easing into a hot bath)
How do I savour?
- Share with others: Tell others about the good news or positive events that are happening in your life. Savouring has been identified as an essential component of long-term relationships and can be thought of as “the glue that bonds people together”.
- Make memories: Look for good things and pause to build conscious awareness of the small, meaningful moments.
- Congratulate yourself: Congratulate yourself on what you have accomplished, reflect on your successes, and pat yourself on the back.
- Sharpen sensory experiences: Savour sensory experiences by becoming more mindful of the tastes, smells, and sights you experience.
- Put it into perspective: Increase your positivity and optimism about the current situation by comparing it to a less pleasant situation that you’ve endured.
- Get absorbed: Try to lose yourself in the moment by limiting distractions and turning off your conscious thoughts.
- Behavioural expression: Laugh, smile, jump, scream, sing. Do whatever you need to outwardly express your good feelings.
- Remember that time flies when you’re having fun: Instead of wishing that the good times could last longer, enjoy them while they’re happening.
- Count your blessings: Give thanks before meals, express your appreciation for family and friends, or identify three things that you are grateful for every day.
- Avoid negative thinking: Try to find the silver lining or positive side to every situation and, when something good happens, don’t kill-joy by thinking of the moment ending or what might go wrong.
Why is it important to savour experiences?
Where can I learn more?
What will students learn?
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to…
- Cultivate positivity by savouring positive experiences
- Identify and use different time orientations to savor the past, present, and future
- Practice mindful eating by using their senses to explore food
- Effectively use storytelling as a tool to savour the past
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