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Finding Happiness by Virginia Murphy-Berman

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CHAPTER 7

The Experience of Boredom: The Cultivation of Savoring

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer, richer experience.

—Eleanor Roosevelt

Abstract

In this chapter the concept of savoring is discussed. Savoring entails the intentional heightening of our positive experiences. It involves learning how to anticipate with joyfulness, to experience with relish, and to reflect on what has occurred with contentment. Savoring intensifies and draws out our pleasure in something. It is an art that is associated with increases in well-being and life satisfaction.

The Nature of Savoring

We have seen that certain ways of directing our attention and awareness can rob us of ...

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