Are you living life in the fast lane? Do you feel like you lack time to actively savor and appreciate the experiences in your life?
Research has shown that, rather than their intensity, the frequency of positive emotions and feelings is a stronger predictor of our overall level of happiness. Meaning that its more effective to increase the number of positive experiences than it is to intensify them.
This exercise does just that. Its called Taking a Daily Vacation.
- Choose a different vacation every day. For example, going for a walk, chatting with a friend, having a hot bath, watching the sunrise, etc. The only limit is your imagination. Just choose something you enjoy doing.
- Before you start, remember, your daily vacation is a time to relax. So set aside your worries and fears for a while.
- During the daily vacation, try to be present and experience what is happening. Notice the sensations. How are you feeling? What positive emotions are you experiencing? Take a mental note of them.
- After your daily vacation remember to plan ahead for the next day; what will tomorrows daily vacation be? Feel free to look forward to it.
For 5 days between Monday, February 22 and Sunday, February 28 take a daily vacation. Each day record what you did and/or where you went and reflect on the positive emotions you felt while on your vacation. In a short essay (400-500 words) detail your vacation. Then reflect on any changes in how your feel after completing these experiences versus how you usually feel. Reflect on the process of adding a deliberate escape to your daily routine. Was it an easy adjustment? More difficult to fit in? Is this something you might add to your daily routine in the future? Explain