Mar 1, 2019
You’ve likely savored a slice of delicious chocolate cake, a fine glass of wine, the smell of your brand new car, or a breathtaking sunset. Savoring is focusing your mind so you linger for an extended period on a wonderful sensation.
A study just published in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology explores the concept that we can and should savor various types of interpersonal communications. The researchers studied 65 twenty year old subjects and defined 7 types of communications that lend themselves to savoring.
The seven include: stories with a twist, deeply honest exchanges, non-verbal communications, words that honor, relationship-forming words, communications around life’s landmark moments, and unspoken communications. Each type may be savored.
The investigators emphasize that savoring at its heart is a type of time travel. It allows you to look into the future and anticipate a wonderful experience. More often, you travel back to an extraordinary moment and freeze-frame it or replay it in your mind.
Either way, savoring is relaxing and excellent for your soul.
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Margaret Jane Pitts. The Language and Social Psychology of Savoring: Advancing the Communication Savoring Model. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 2018; 38 (2): 237 DOI: 10.1177/0261927X18821404