Savouring is about taking our positive emotions and 'absorbing' them. This can help us to face challenges in life and learning with more resilience. Dr Sonja Lyubomirsky (see below) tells us practicing this 'gratitude absorption' can help us to be happier. Although, it is important to practice at the correct dose!
Dr Lyubomirsky's 30+ years of research in happiness suggests that people need to do a variety of positive interventions (such as gratitude, counting blessings, acts of kindness etc). She also talks about focusing on others (rather than ourselves) in these interventions helps us to be happier and feel the positive effects of happiness for longer.
In Māhutonga Matariki we have been motivated to act for others often. We are learning about Savouring as we try and absorb positive feelings. Dr Rick Hanson (see below) talks about how we can 'hardwire' happiness in our brains through this.
We are looking forward to learning more about savouring in the next few weeks, watch this space!