The happiest people seem to be the ones that relish life. They appear to have an innate passion for everything they do and find pleasure wherever they go. They have a natural joie de vivre and they are doing what social psychologist Fred B Bryant calls ‘savouring’.
In his book Savouring: A New Model of Positive Experience, Bryant and co-author Joseph Veroff say the way in which we view past, present and future experiences can either generate lasting happiness or give us only fleeting pleasure.
“We don’t automatically feel joy and happiness when good things happen to us,” explains Bryant. Instead, it’s the way we reflect on these experiences that determines how happy we are. So in order to reap real benefits, he says, we need to change the way we think about the events that shape our lives.
Here are 10 actions you can apply to the way you live, celebrate and perceive your life.