Let’s say something pleasurable happens in your life – you make an outstanding presentation, offer up a good idea that gets noticed, take a great vacation, have an incredibly delicious meal, see a beautiful sunset. Are you able to hold on to the good feelings the experience generates? Or do your positive emotions dissipate way too quickly, leaving you right back where you began – feeling down, disheartened, even depressed?
To extend enjoyment of your good feelings, give them your attention. Think about them over and over again. Meditate on them. Relive the details of the conditions that stimulated the positive emotions. And, replacing self-criticism with kindness and self-compassion can help enjoyment of your good feelings to last longer.
Feeling good is so worthwhile and it costs you nothing more than a shift in your habits of mind.