It’s really important that post-pandemic we embrace more and more celebrating. Tyler J. VanderWeele, an epidemiology and biostatistics professor and director of Harvard’s Human Flourishing Program
I like to take photos while on my walks and post them to Facebook. It’s a way for me to celebrate the beauty of nature. I also find satisfaction in sharing my nature experience with my friends.
I recently learned that this is considered “mindful photography” and considered a “savoring” activity.
In a study, college students were asked to take five photos of their everyday lives—friends, books they enjoyed, views of their campus—twice a week for two weeks. This activity resulted in an overall improvement in mood and a greater sense of appreciation of life for the participants. It worked for them and it’s working for me.
Affirmation: I celebrate my life.
Coaching questions: Do you wake up ready to start your day or would you rather go back to sleep? Do you have a sense of purpose or do you find how you spend much of your day to be meaningless? What can you do to savor the tiny victories in your life?
Photo taken in Itasca, Illinois, June, 2021