I am now in my 11th year of a daily gratitude journaling practice.
I’ve never done anything else more consistently — other than breathe, eat and shower (and drink coffee and journal each morning.)
The science of gratitude is clear; its profound positive influence in my life is what keep me doing this practice year after year.
When I first began writing a my daily gratitude list, I often repeated the same few things. My lists were short and sweet.
Now, I could write for an hour. My list is often a page and sometimes continues onto the next.
Re-living the day, focusing on the beauty that unfolded is nourishing for me.
But what I love most is how those moments speak to me and bring a smile to my face as I remember how I took the time in my day to notice and really savor what was unfolding.
Keeping this practice truly helps me stay happy as an entrepreneur where the daily uncertainty, risk-taking and decision making can be enough to bring us to our knees in scarcity, anxiousness and fear.
When I practice gratitude, I instantly improve connection I have with myself, my business and those I love, feel more content and appreciative of what my life and business brings to me and tun into a flow of abundance by the sheer act of focusing on the beauty in my life.
And, the science is clear: It’s not just about being grateful that makes it work. We must savor these special moments and experiences as well. And we must have the radical presence to stay awake long enough to savor them rather than rush through to the next moment.
The act of savoring a moment, a connection, an experience IS what can turn an ordinary moment into an extraordinary one.
“Savoring is when you intentionally try to make positive emotions last longer or be stronger. Regularly engaging in savoring has been shown to contribute to improved well-being, so let’s practice savoring.” — Berkeley Well-Being Institute
Savoring has long been a practice for me. It’s in the title of my first book.
And as a coach who has superpowers in both helping you be more productive and active AND enjoying life and finding ease, this is a practice I love to bring into my clients lives as a regular habit.
Here are a few Savoring Practices to use in your day:
Show it. Then Tell it. — One of my favorite morning mantras to say when I wake up is Good Morning! What a beautiful day. I’ve never seen this one before.
And it is true. I haven’t seen this day before. Taking that moment to savor what is about this current day that I’ve never witnessed before — often under a starry sky — is a beautiful way to savor being alive.
Saying our appreciation or gratitude out loud is a simple way to soak in the goodness a bit more than we would otherwise.
And then … tell someone about it. Tell a friend. Or, as more commonly done these days, share on Instagram or in a text to a loved one. Sharing your moment with someone else only helps you to elevate it that much more.
Soak Up The Future — Ah, sweet, sweet anticipation.
One of my strengths is being futuristic so this is, of course, pretty much my go-to way to savor life.
We all should have things that are placed in our future that we are looking forward to. These future events are worth savoring in your mind — and something you can easily do through meditation, guided visualization or journaling, which is my favorite technique to use with my clients and in my programs.
For instance, I am launching a group program later this year and I have already started doing future self journaling around how that experience will go for me. Leaning into this kind of savoring creates a path forward to making it happen as well.
It’s not even happened yet and I’m already feeling gratitude for the moments ahead. This is another way to savor.
Savoring A Favorite Moment from the Past — Taking time to truly breathe in a past experience that filled you up with goodness is a beautiful way to savor it and relive it and cherish it.
We can do a similar act of savoring for a moment from our past, as well. We can savor what it felt like to climb a peak of a mountain and to get to the crest and see the lookout and feel amazed at our hard work and what the payoff was. We can relish in the time a friend sent us a note that was so filled with gratitude and kindness that it truly gave us the strength to keep going in our lives.
Savoring is a beautiful way to produce more hope and positivity in our lives and when we finally start to see savoring as an act of soul alignment with the present moment, we are more apt to make time for it in our busy lives.