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. The first five tips were shared in a previous post here.
Here are six more of my favorite tips:
6. Will I remember this in ten years time?
If you are faced with a choice as to what you should do with friends/family, ask yourself the question, “Which of these ideas might I remember in ten years time?” You might not remember either memory after that amount of time, but if you “go big or go home” chances are better that you would remember that option instead of the latter.
7. End on a high note. Save the best for last.
One way to create lasting memories is to save the best for last. Whatever the “highlight” of your tip or destination might be, try and set it up that you delay gratification of that moment for the last part of the trip. That way when you look back on that road trip or that vacation overseas, you are most likely to remember that best part.
8. Consider taking the long route. The journey is part of the experience.
The journey of getting where you are going to can be as memorable as the final destination. Make the road trip fun. Play games on the eight-hour drive. Bring a headphone splitter to listen to your favorite tunes with your significant other on the flight. Make a “shared” journal to write in to each other and yourselves along the way.
9. Collect mementos that tell the “story” of your experiences.
Pick up tokens along the way of your journeys. Keep the ticket or playbill for that show you saw downtown. Buy a magnet for the fridge from your favorite sight on your trip to Europe. Tie in the stories of your memories with the items you collect and surround yourself with.
10. Rename places with memories.
Assign special names to the places you visit. Name them with something that brings back that memory and personalizes for you.
11. Retell your stories to your children and your friends.
The people who love you want to share memories with you even if they weren’t there to be with you. Share your experiences. Listen to their own experiences too. When you have kids, share your memories with them, especially if they went with you, but were too young to remember.
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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