The Peak End Rule
The school year is fast coming to an end, if it hasn’t already for some. Do you remember how you felt that very last day of school whether it was grade school, high school or beyond? I recall having a big burst of joy, feelings of freedom, wonder and anticipation of what was next. I recently read a newsletter from Angela Duckworth, psychologist, researcher, founder and CEO of the Character Lab, and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. In it she talked about endings and their importance.
Angela writes, “When it comes to human memory, not all moments are created equal. Instead, our remembered experiences are disproportionately influenced by peaks (the best moments as well as the worst) and endings (the last moments). Nobel laureate Danny Kahneman, discovered this phenomenon.” This phenomenon is known as the Peak End Rule.
Endings are not limited to the big events like that last day of school. How do we end an event, a visit either personal or professional, wrapping up the day’s end with family, and so on?
“Don’t mistake all moments as equal in significance. There’s a reason why yoga classes end with savasana. There’s a reason we eat dessert last. Do orchestrate endings. Finish strong. Last impressions are especially lasting.”
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