Memories put meaning.
Would you rather enjoy today, or have great memories tomorrow and forever? Look close, this is not the same!
Surely, sometimes enjoyment creates great memories like your first kiss or your graduation. These are special moments that we all remember. But isn’t it more about these little memories that stick out because they had such a powerful emotional impact on you. Moments that enriched your life, bonded you with others and helped you define who you are.
Joan Didion (NYC) author of “the year of magical thinking” and winner of the national book award says, we are the stories we tell ourselves. So, shall we just wait for special things to happen or can we learn to create extraordinary memories for us?
Chip and Dan Heath the New York Times bestselling authors teach you—“ The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact.“
Create Moments of Elevation
A birthday party or a wedding. Experiences that rise above the routine make us feel engaged, joyful and motivated. If you feel the need to pull out a camera, it’s probably one.
That`s it? No, to make it real special add the 3 “S”: Sensory, Stakes, and Script.
à Boost sensory appeal: This is why concerts, museums and great meals stick in your memory and why sitting on the couch is so forgettable. Engaging the senses more intensely makes moments stand out.
à Raise the stakes: Competing in a sporting event is more exciting than watching one. In fact, betting on a sporting event makes watching one more entertaining. If there’s something to gain or lose, you’ll be paying attention.
à Break the script: Don’t do the usual thing. Don’t just get coffee or have dinner. Boring. Take your default and flip it on its head.
Celebrate Moments of Pride
A graduation party. The second when your father patted you on your shoulder.
To feel good about our achievements and show it is not a “nice to have.” Research shows we all need these recognitions. So, take the time to appreciate what you’ve accomplished and to let others celebrate with you.
Build Moments of Connection
The moments that bond us with others are where we feel all kinds of warm feelings. These are the situations when some of the most powerful memories are formed. So, struggling, working together on something, helping each other out bonds us together.
Now, you know how to make great memories for your lifetime. Do it, keep them save in picture, sound and video and share your joint memories with friends…