Remembering

“Again, unbelievers have a thing or two to teach us about the value of mementos to prompt positive memories, as Gretchen Rubin discovered:

Studies show that recalling happy times helps boost happiness in the present. When people reminisce, they focus on positive memories, with the result that recalling the past amplifies the positive and minimizes the negative. However, because people remember events better when they fit with their present mood, happy people remember happy events better, and depressed people remember sad events better. Depressed people have as many nice experiences as other people—they just don’t recall them as well. With this knowledge in mind, I vowed to take steps to help everyone in the family to experience happy times more vividly.”

as quoted in David Murray, The Happy Christian

 

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