It was truly a Mr. Rogers kind of day. In recent weeks I feel like I have lost some of my cool and tolerance for the current lockdown. I did get vaccinated which feels like a get out of jail card. That gives me more hope for sooner than later. What added to my intolerance was an unexpected heat wave. I do not do well in hot weather. This blast came on so suddenly, the body didn’t get a chance to adapt. Consequently, I was feeling rather sick throughout the spell. I pretty much languished the entire stretch of hot and humid days with the vapors (at least that’s what they called it a couple of centuries ago) and less than stellar brain function. Then a real blessing occurred.
My BFF who lives about a 20 minute ride from me, had an appointment in our favorite neighborhood. I haven’t seen her in 15 months. D also was vaccinated which made an easier decision to meet in person, still sporting masks. You can’t be too careful. We did a couple of errands, purchased a couple of sandwiches and found a bench right outside of a Starbuck’s. I haven’t had a Starbuck’s coffee in a long time so purchasing one was a real treat. I had brought disinfectant wipes, lots of hand sanitizer and even some gloves just in case. We felt quite safe to picnic on that bench.
What made this such a positive experience from the get go was a big change in the weather. The temperature dropped considerably and the humidity was gone. I felt like myself again.
Picnicking on that bench, enjoying maybe the best Starbuck’s coffee ever, having in person conversation, lots of sunshine, a cool, gentle breeze and for an hour or so life was normal. This definitely qualified for a do again.
This leads me to talk about savoring positive experiences and some of the benefits. Savoring is the noticing and appreciation of the positive things in our lives, and then the decision to intentionally enjoy them for as long as possible.
Savoring leads to improvements in our overall health and well-being. When we attend to positive feelings and emotions, our bodies are flooded with “feel-good” neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin that reduce stress and calm our nervous systems.
Savoring positive emotions propels us on a trajectory of experiencing more positive emotions which creates an upward spiral and can lead to more happiness.
Savoring also leads to increased gratitude and appreciation.
When experiencing an event that brings joy, delight and goodness, take the time to dine out on all of the positive aspects in which you participated, whether a receiver or a giver. The benefits will be palpable.
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