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According to Fred Bryant and Joseph Veroff (2007), savoring involves noticing and appreciating the positive aspects of life – the positive counterpart to coping. Savoring is more than pleasure – it also involves mindfulness and “conscious attention to the experience of pleasure” (p. 5). You can savor vicariously, enjoying another person’s pleasure.

There are numerous savoring processes that regulate other positive experiences (p. 14): to name a few:

  • Marveling regulates awe.
  • Thanksgiving regulates gratitude.
  • Basking regulates pride.
  • Luxuriating regulates physical pleasure

Savoring occurs in various timeframes. We anticipate future pleasures, experience present pleasures, and reminisce about past pleasures. People are different in their preferences for future, present, and past savoring. If you particularly enjoy anticipating, start planning early so that you have lots of time to think about a future event. If you particularly enjoy reminiscing, keep pictures and reminders to revisit past pleasures. Mindfulness is important for experiencing present pleasures to keep attention focused.

 
PPND articles that exemplify Savoring
Doug Turner By Doug Turner:

Savoring for your health!

Gloria Park By Gloria Park:

The Delight and Discontent of Eating

John Yeager By John Yeager:

The Digital Scrapbook/Portfolio: Self-reflection, Savoring, and Well-being

Derrick Carpenter By Derrick Carpenter:

On Adventure and Filet Mignon

Mozart and Minidiscs

Bridget Grenville-Cleave By Bridget Grenville-Cleave:

Making Space for Children’s Well-being

Miriam Ufberg By Miriam Ufberg:

On Contentment

On Savoring

Iris Marie Bloom By Iris Marie Bloom:

The Power of Touch beyond Pain and Pleasure

Nature and Nocturnal Themes in Positive Psychology

Angus Skinner By Angus Skinner:

Just ‘Cuz its Automated Don’t Make it On Time

Amy Donovan By Amy Donovan:

Positive Psychology, Party of Two

Aren Cohen By Aren Cohen:

How Anticipation Can Save the Day

Other references on Savoring

 
Bryant, F. & Veroff, J. (2007). Savoring: A new model of positive experience. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Lyubomirsky, S. (2007). The how of happiness. New York: Penguin Group.

Happiness activity 9 is Savoring Life’s Joys (pp. 190-204).

Peterson, C. (2006). A primer in positive psychology. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Chris Peterson includes an exercise on savoring on pp. 70-72.

Rozin, P. (1999). Food is fundamental, fun, frightening, and far-reaching. Social Research, 66, 9-30. Available here.

Rozin, P. (1999a). Preadaptation and the puzzles and properties of pleasure. In D. Kahneman & E. Diener & N. Schwarz (Eds.), Well-being: The foundations of hedonic psychology. (pp. 109-133). New York, NY, US: Russell Sage Foundation.

Seligman, M.E.P. (2002). Authentic happiness. New York: Free Press.

Chapter 7, Happiness in the present, describes a number of ways to amplify enjoyment of the present through savoring.

Wrzesniewski, A., Rozin, P., & Bennett, G. (2003). Working, playing, and eating: Making the most of most moments. In C. L. Keyes & J. Haidt, Flourishing: Positive psychology and the life well-lived, pp. 205-224. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.