How to Savor the Moment and Live a Better Life?

Everyone wants to be happy, right? And who wouldn’t like to learn to enjoy the moment? We’ve all heard it before ― savor the moment. But what exactly does that mean? What does it entail? Is this something we can learn, or is it all too good to be true?

The practice of savoring is about taking the time to appreciate what you have rather than focusing on what you don’t have. Various research shows that savoring your feelings of happiness will be stronger, your stress levels will be lower, and your quality of life will be much higher when you savor the moment.

Savoring the moment can help us appreciate what we’ve got rather than worrying about what we don’t have. At the same time, it allows us to be more present in our lives and notice little things we might otherwise miss. By thinking about positive experiences, you can focus on a happier memory and see the good in situations rather than only the negatives.

This blog is about learning to savor the moment, which can help you feel happier, less stressed, and have a higher quality of life.

No More Negativity. See the Bright Side of Life.

We want to think we’re rational beings, but that’s not always true. Leading a stress-free life isn’t as simple as it might seem — we’re wired to default toward negative thoughts and actions. In psychology, this tendency toward pessimism is called “negativity bias” and has been found by researchers to be a human trait that isn’t going away. Even tracking aside, the fact remains that we’re much better at remembering negative experiences than positive ones. 

But it’s possible to reprogram ourselves and become more positive individuals. Wouldn’t that mean you’re only thinking about the good things and never confronting any negative situations? Not at all. It doesn’t mean we’re burying our heads in the sand and pretending all is rosy or that we must deny or ignore the things that are going wrong. It’s about giving equal time to the good, so we can realize it is there and increasing our optimism, so we focus on appreciating life more than fretting.

Anchor yourself in your present circumstances and remind yourself of what’s going right in your life. It may require you to tap into those things that give you a sense of well-being, such as friends and family; hobbies; the ability to work at a job you like; good health; and other things.

Are You Being Good at Something? Do It More Often.

Have you ever had a moment, day, or week that felt like dragging on? Couldn’t fit in prioritized tasks on your time chart, or felt weary on the way home from work every day? You didn’t seem to savor any time as it passed. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Consider this your wake-up call! 

Life tends to get away from us (particularly when we feel like we’re “too busy”), and we miss out on valuable moments we can’t get back. If you wish you could relive an earlier hour or day, or likewise dreading what’s coming sometime shortly, be sure you’ve planned some valuable activities for yourself (especially if spending time with people you love is one of those things).

Be sure you don’t allow life’s negativity, stresses, and anxieties to steal your joy and happiness. Find a way to inject more fun into your life. Enjoy your moments as they happen. Savor the simple pleasures that form the fabric of your life. You can take charge of your life by creating a lifestyle with meaning and purpose. These moments of authenticity and joy can carry you through any Monday and give your work and personal passions greater importance.

Express Gratitude.

Gratitude is not just an attitude; it is a choice. We can always choose to feel grateful in each moment—in the good moments by noticing the gifts in them, and in the bad moments by seeing why they are not so bad after all. Because gratitude is a habit, it’s ready to be cultivated. Even if you don’t believe you’re grateful right now, start practicing, and pretty soon, you’ll be experiencing benefits beyond measure.

Gratitude helps you live in the moment, strengthening your bond with what’s around you. It also strengthens your connection to others through the bond of being grateful for their positive contributions to your life. And since gratitude takes just a few seconds to feel, this activity is an excellent way to savor the moment immediately.

One way to enhance your ability to notice the positive, particularly concerning other people, is by being grateful. Research shows that being thankful can boost your relationships with others and even boost your physical health. Here are some ways to begin to experience more gratitude in your life.

Concentrate on the Surroundings.

When life starts to pass you by, make a point of stopping and taking a moment to notice what’s happening around you and be fully present in it. There is beauty in the world if you find the time to look for it. Being fully present is a skill that can be cultivated with practice.

You can use your five senses to enhance the quality of each moment. If you’re outside, see what you can notice about the landscape around you. If you’re in an office, notice the details of the architecture, like the intricately carved moldings on the ceiling. If you’re at home, see your beloved pet’s facial expression or that favorite painting hanging in your living room. A captivating experience occurs when your senses are engaged and make the events of your life rich and full.

Memorize the details of what you are experiencing. Is there a specific sight you noticed, like the red of an apple or the green of a leaf? Did you hear something unique, like a familiar sound coming from your child’s room? What is that smell that lingers in the air that makes you pause?

To live mindfully, you must also live in the present. By practicing mindfulness, we learn to recognize and silence the distractions and judgments that prevent us from seeing and appreciating what’s happening here and now. Living in the present — by breathing — gives us a window to enjoy positive experiences we might otherwise miss – experiencing life fully – and provides us with a window into our happiness.

This exercise can help you better appreciate the people and things important to you and take time out of your day to appreciate the little things.

Final Thoughts

Savoring is having a positive attitude toward life; as a lifestyle, it’s about being aware of everything you have to appreciate. Savoring is not just positive thinking or visualizing a better future. Savoring can be as easy as enjoying small pleasures throughout your day. Don’t let those small pleasures be invisible to you.

Hi, I am Happy. I'm a professional writer and psychology enthusiast. I love to read and write about human behaviors, the mind, mental health-related topics, and more.