Making Joyful Memories

Stress and anxiety can leave lasting effects on our body; hurtful events and traumatic experiences leave lasting imprints on both the body and the mind.

Making connections creates joyful memories that we can then relive to retrieve those feelings of happiness and joy any time we want. What better way to heal than by making connections and joy with those you love to create lasting and joyful memories?

But how do we make lasting joyful memories that “stick”?

Foster connections with yourself and your loved ones. Think back to the things that have brought you the most joy in life: Were there other people involved? Most likely yes. The need for social connection is hardwired into our brains from the time we are born. Research shows that we do better physically and mentally when we have human contact; social connection can lower anxiety and depression, help us regulate our emotions, lead to higher self-esteem and empathy, and actually improve our immune systems. By neglecting our need to connect, we put our health at risk.

How do you foster connection and make long-lasting memories while doing it?

Want to remember a specific event or experience? Create a memory road map by incorporating all 5 senses into the experience. Ever notice that certain smells remind you of a particular person or event? This is because sensory information plays strongly into your long-term memory. With this in mind, plan your experience of connection with intention by using these sensory mindfulness tips ⬇️

👀 Sight - Stop and really take in what you are seeing. Look beyond the “big picture” and notice the tiny details of where you are and who you are with. This will be even easier if you are experiencing something new.

👂Sound - Take a page from the book of Hygge and try and listen to the small sounds that may normally get lost. What music is playing? What kind of background noises are