Remember “The Little Book of Hygge” that I heavily reviewed last year? I learned all kinds of new ways of creating warm spaces in my life for me and my children. Back in October, Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, wrote a new book that focuses on creating new and lasting memories.
Throughout his book, “The Art of Making Memories: How to Create and Remember Happy Moments,” he shares Happy Memory Tips, ideas for creating new, happy memories. I thoroughly enjoyed his book and want to share some of my favorite tips here with you:
1. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
This one is self-explanatory, but it does require both some planning and some buy in. If you want others to join you, give them time to plan and get consensus in working out the details.
2. Create unique memory “triggers.”
Wiking’s research has found that memory “triggers” are best when associated with that memory only. Something like the smell of coffee in a café might not be a good trigger, but maybe the funny cartoon on the mug might be a good reminder of that special conversation with a friend that you will never forget.
3. Every happy memory deserves a soundtrack.
Are you going on a road trip? Make sure you make a trip “soundtrack” to associate the open roads on that getaway with the tunes that accompanied you as you cruised the road. Maybe you are going to an exotic location on the other side of the world. Scout out some of the local music and make a playlist that you listen to on the plane ride, every morning as you are getting breakfast, or in the evening when you are recovering from the day’s escapades.
4. Keep a journal of your memories.
Writing down your experiences, answering questions like who, what when, where, why, how you felt are all a good place to start. Describe what you saw and experienced, note down what you were feeling, and dive a little deeper into why this outing was special. Store your notebooks in a safe place to come back to one day, or type it up and save it in the cloud to revisit on a rainy day.
5. Make and celebrate milestones.
Maybe you finally paid off your student loans or your mortgage. Maybe you graduated college or got an advanced degree or certification. Maybe you got the promotion you’ve been working towards for many years. All of these are milestones worthy of celebrating. Get friends and family together and throw a party. Take the opportunity to mark the occasion.
These are just a few of the great tips that Wiking had in his new book, “The Art of Making Memories,” to read the entire book get a copy on Amazon.
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