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The Art of Savouring: 21 Ideas to Fully Enjoy Every Day

  • By Jennifer Mulder
  • 20 August 2018
  • 3 minute read
The Art of Savouring: 21 Ideas to Fully Enjoy Everyday Moments | The Health Sessions

That feeling when you kick back, relax and contently take in everything that’s happening around you.

When you relish the taste of a piece of good chocolate or bask in the beauty of nature.

Savouring is the art of consciously enjoying wonderful moments. It’s about noticing and appreciating the good things in life, by consciously paying attention to pleasurable experiences. By being aware of what you feel, sense and see, you actively construct vivid memories and prolong good experiences.

According to Fred Bryant and Joseph Veroff, authors of Savoring: A New Model of Positive Experience, savouring intensifies and lengthens positive emotions. Research suggests that those positive feelings elicited by savouring protect against the negative effects of poor health by reducing stress and increasing optimism. Practicing savouring also leads to more life satisfaction, stronger relationships and better performance.

And the good news is: you can easily enhance your wellbeing with savouring. Have a look at these 21 ideas to make the most of everyday moments. 

21 Ideas for Savouring Everyday Moments

  1. Capture a typical day in pictures, to notice the beauty of everyday items and rituals.
  2. Wonder your city instead of purposely going from A to B. No using Google Maps!
  3. Wear a new perfume (sample) or a different body lotion.
  4. Really listen. To ‘silence’, the chirping birds or the rumble of city life. Pay close attention to what someone’s saying – out loud and reading between the lines.
  5. Explore the sensations of different touch and pressure with self-massage. From simply rubbing your feet and circling your temples to using a self-massage tool with oil for a deeply relaxing experience, self-massage is a good way to get in touch with your body.
  6. Prep your meal mindfully. Notice the aromas and textures of your ingredients.
  7. Literally stop and smell the roses.
  8. Work in the garden and engage all your senses. Feel your hands in the soil, the sun on your skin, a breeze through your hair. Smell the flowers and the earthiness.
  9. Sing, dance and get lost in the moment.
  10. Kiss with passion.
  11. Burn incense, a scented candle or diffuse essential oils. Take your time to create a calming atmosphere. That way, the simple act of lighting a candle, closing your eyes for a quick prayer or mantra and appreciate the warmth and smell becomes a meaningful practice.
  12. Grow aromatic herbs and spices, and use them in your cooking.
  13. Make a little ritual of drinking your cup of coffee or tea in the morning, like your own version of a Japanese tea ceremony.
  14. Don’t just turn on the radio as background noise, but really listen to the melodies and lyrics.
  15. Take a mental photograph of amazing experiences. Take in everything that’s happening around you, to make it a truly unforgettable moment.
  16. Be fully present when you hug your child or stroke your pet.
  17. Broaden your palate. Did you know there’s a fifth taste, called umami? It’s the savoury, meaty element in Parmesan cheese, miso and mushrooms. Eat your meals with attention to identify new, more complex flavours.
  18. Get creative. Paint with your fingers, try pottery or knitting, work with wood.
  19. Go forest bathing. The act of spending time in the woods using your five senses proves to be great for your physical, mental and emotional health. Make sure you leave your phone at home.
  20. Look with the curiosity and the bewonderment of a child.
  21. Have screen-free Sundays or no-tech nights. When there are no constant distractions around, it’s much easier to pay attention to your surroundings and the sensations you’re experiencing.

What’s your favourite way for savouring everyday moments?

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Thank you for including this post in your weekly round-up Claire! And for supporting other health bloggers by sharing their work. https://painpalsblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/7404/

Great post and information - I have shared a link on my regular feature Monday Magic – Inspiring Blogs for You! Claire (PainPalsBlog) x

Thank you soo much may God bless you in many ways ☺

I'm sorry, the blog post is a few years old so the giveaway has been closed for a while now. Perhaps you can use some of the tips above to create a care package: puzzles or magazine, (free) samples of body care products if your dad is still in the hospital, a gift card for iTunes? I also like the Gifts in A Tin from DIYMommy: https://thediymommy.com/a-gift-in-a-tin-christmas-baking-kit-gift/ (Scroll down for an overview) or an edible gift like the five bean soup IF he's medically allowed to eat that of course!: https://thehealthsessions.com/healthy-edible-gifts/ Hope your father feels better soon!

I was going to leave a comment for the give away... For my dad cuz he had his gull bladder taken out a fue hrs ago but congrats... Is there a cheep way i can make something for him?

Being careful with what you eat might be a good idea if you're feeling sick or have stomach aches. Luckily, there are still plenty of things listed you can do to entertain yourself :-) Feel better soon!

When I am I'll myum doesn't let me eat so some wouldn't work 😢🍕

Hi Darci, thank you for your message. Unfortunately the guide is not available yet as a hardcover and a paperback. If that changes in the near future, I will let you know. Warm regards, Jennifer

I would like to buy this book in hard cover or paperback instead of e-book for a friend

thats #6

Super useful habits Nat! I also need to mentally unwind before bedtime or I'll be laying awake all night with thoughts racing through my mind.

A few things that help me ( I suffer from insomnia) is by not taking my phone to bed with me, i finish checking emails, social media etc in the living room and go to bed to switch off. Something else I do is turn on my essential oils diffuser an hour before bed so the room is scent with a relaxing mist of essential oils such as lavender, or vetiver which is like a sedative and incredible for helping me unwind. Another thing that work well when i can't switch my brain off is to write a quick list of everything i think i need to be dealing with now and highlighting only the ones that need to be taken care of the next day. Helps me not to feel so overwhelmed and in turn helps me fall asleep easier.

I'm touched by your kind words Darla, thank you. It's perfectly normal that you're resentful and feel sorry for yourself. You've had a lot to deal with. Not just experiencing horrible symptoms on a daily basis, but also having to adjust the plans you had for your future and your sense of identity. To me, positivity in the face of adversity is not about having an irrealistic rose-colored view of life. But I do believe that trying to find the good in little things each day can help make the bad ones more bearable. It's a challenge, but your insightful comment tells me that you're up for it ;-) Let me know if there's anything I can do to help. Good luck, be gentle with yourself and take care Darla!

Dr.Jen the Zen one, first off you rock! Since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 4 years ago and 2 years ago double pneumonia that left me with heart failure with 28% left undamaged it has seriously limited my mobility energy patience and unfortunately my positive attitude. 52 years on this planet, I lived a happy-go-lucky , look on the bright side, things will be better tomorrow, or crack a silly joke and get over it type of life. Now for the first time in my life I find myself having to work at being positive. Anger and resentment and even the dreaded " poor little me" mindset is trying to set up permanent residence. And tonight I find your blog and it gives me hope I just want to say "Thank you" Darla

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