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Savor the Past

Make a list of happy memories and, if you’re inclined, find a few personal mementos (photos, gifts, souvenirs) that represent those happy memories. 

First, turn to your list of positive memories and choose one to reflect upon. Then sit down, take a deep breath, relax, close your eyes, and begin to think about the memory. Allow images related to the memory to come to mind. Try to picture the events associated with this memory in your mind. Use your mind to imagine the memory. Let your mind wander freely through the details of the memory, while you are imagining the memory. 

One recent study found that after positive reminiscence, 29% of people reported a new perspective and self-insight toward current problems, 19% reported positive affect, 18% reported “escape from the present,” and only 2% claimed it did nothing for them.