Life, Enchanted. Are you living life in color, now that you’re paying attention to the sensory experiences all around you? Being aware of and heightening the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touch/textures of everyday experiences makes a life enchanted.
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Our month-long focus on Enchanted Key #4-Sensory Experiences is ending, but don’t forget to stop and see, hear, smell, taste and touch the beauty that you’ve learned to make a part of your life. If you do, those Dragons will lure you back into living life as a black and white blur.
STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES
You know how we’re always told that we should, “Stop and smell the roses?” Well, it turns out that it’s sound advice. An upcoming study in the Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, focuses on the role of appreciation of people and things in life. Appreciation, it suggests, plays a big role in the subjective experience of overall happiness.
BENEFITS OF APPRECIATION
Nancy Fagley, a Rutgers University professor, did a study about appreciation. She defines it as “acknowledging the value and meaning of something—an event, a behavior, an object—and feeling positive emotional connection to it.” This is different from gratitude, which Fagley distinguishes as, “a positive emotion directed toward a benefactor in response to receiving a gift of some sort.” So if appreciation enhances the quality of life, then how bout we get on it?
Okay, here’s the fun, fill-in-the-blank quiz for you to download, below. Please share it with your friends and invite them to download it as well. After you’ve completed it, you can take it again, answering as your friend to see how well you know each other. Then, to up the ante on life enchanted, keep their answers handy to make memories with them even more special. If you discover that someone special loves the taste of chocolate, has happy childhood memories of eating ice cream, and is thrilled by the scent of summer basil, then invite him or her over for a chocolate basil ice cream cone! (BTW, the flavor combination is quite delicious.)
HOST A LIFE ENCHANTED PARTY!
Better yet, host a Life Enchanted! party and have your guests take this quiz. It’s a terrific icebreaker.
Have fun and stay enchanted.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Through which of your senses do you derive the most pleasure?
Please leave a comment. We’d love to hear your answer.
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