Instead of seizing the day, why not savor the day?
Yes, it’s good that we seize the day and take advantage of opportunities that come our way. But sometimes in doing so, we forget to savor the seemingly small moments each day that can contribute to our happiness.
The thought of savoring a moment is a bit different than cherishing a moment. Cherishing a moment implies creating a precious memory we will appreciate in the future. Savoring each moment suggests enjoying, celebrating, and reveling that moment as it happens to us.
Since savoring the day is an effective way to increase your happiness and quality of life, how can you incorporate this philosophy into your life? Here are a few ways:
Focus on the Present
Life unfolds in the present, but often we’re so rushed and distracted that we allow moments to pass by unobserved. For example, we forget to savor precious moments with our loved ones. We squander priceless moments of our lives worried about the future or tortured by the past. We’re so busy striving for goals, perfection, and material things that we don’t take time to appreciate what we already have. Instead of scurrying through the day, stop and relish or luxuriate in whatever you’re doing at the moment. “This could be while you’re eating a pastry, taking a shower, or basking in the sun. You could be savoring a success or savoring music,” explains Sonja Lyubomirsky, a psychologist at the University of California at Riverside and author of The How of Happiness.
Focus On Details
Notice the little things that can make a day special. Inspiration and encouragement can be found in small, ordinary moments. Use all your senses to take note of the beauty of a sunset, the laugh of a child, a hug from a friend, the sound of a bird singing, or the smells after a rainstorm. Savor simple things like the first spring day in your garden, the kindness of a stranger, or that first sip of coffee. Stop, take a deep breath, and take note of everything around you – the beauty, the people, the smells, the sounds. By focusing on the details, you can enjoy the day, moment by moment.
Focus on the Positive
How many days do you only notice the negative, stressful events in your life? Start taking note of what went right during the day. Did your husband give you a loving kiss before he left for work? Did a friend give you a sincere compliment? Did you experience a small victory at work or a small gesture of support? Savor those moments and appreciate each one. A great way to focus on the positive is by expressing and practicing gratitude. Thank all the people who do nice things for you. Write in a gratitude journal. Notice the beauty and positivity in simple, ordinary moments.
Focus on What You Enjoy
If you find yourself dreading Mondays and then go through an entire week without doing something you enjoy or find exciting, it’s time for a change. Life is meant to be relished. Each new day brings new experiences and is filled with endless possibilities. When we wake up, we are given another chance to see the sunrise, learn something new, take a chance, brighten someone else’s day, laugh, or make new friends.
Life is a gift, so start putting some of these suggestions to use today. Slow down and savor each moment as it happens.