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The Art of Making Memories

The Art of Making Memories

How to Create and Remember Happy Moments

Book - 2019
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"A practical guide to creating memorable moments from Meik Wiking, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Book of Hygge. Every year, we are given a fixed number of days. Some days pass us by without leaving a trace--and some days we remember forever. Do you remember your first kiss? Or how the first rays of the spring sun feel? Or how about the best meal you ever had? These memorable experiences are characterized by intensity of perception, depth of feeling, or sense of profound significance causing them to stand out in our mind and involve a heightened sense of wonder and awe. But what ingredients produce these happy memories? Why is it that a piece of music, a smell or a taste can take us back to something we had forgotten? And can we learn to create happy memories and be better at holding on to them? Combining research on happiness and mnemonics (learning techniques that aid memory retention or retrieval), Meik Wiking explores how peak experiences are made, stored, and remembered. Using data and diaries, interviews, global surveys and studies, and conducting real-life behavioural science and happiness experiments, The Art of Making Memories will answer how we can create perfect moments. Moments that will go down in history. This book will help you create more peak experiences, help you retrieve happy memories of the past, and store them for the future."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Canada : Penguin Canada, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780735238534
Branch Call Number: 153.12 WIKIN
Characteristics: 288 pages : colour illustrations ; 19 cm


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Mar 29, 2020

Reading this book did not make me feel happy. I was expecting something scientific and instead found something light, fluffy, sassy, and full of stock pictures purchased from Getty images. At times, I felt like I was reading the script for a bad TED-ex talk.

Mar 12, 2020

DNF @ 31% - I wouldn't particularly recommend this one.

A book about making and keeping memories.

I really enjoyed The Little Book of Hygge a few years ago, and was excited to get a chance to read his newest book. While The Little Book of Hygge felt cohesively focused on hygge and how to achieve it, with a splash of Danish history, this particular book felt very scattered. While the focus is on memory, both making memories and keeping them, it felt like it bounced back and forth between different methods of memorization, ways that memories are vivid, and generally any study based on memory or memorization. Sometimes a method would be brought up without much to back it up, or without much of a tie to applying it to your everyday life. Other times you get caught up in a very interesting study or anecdote, for example Andy Warhol's changing of perfumes every three months to give memories a distinct scent, only to think that while it was interesting, it also wasn't very applicable. I appreciated most the inclusion of memories from the thousand people that they used in their study, as well as Wiking's own memories. It did, however, make it feel like a bit of a memoir. Overall, I sadly didn't feel compelled to finish this book. It just wasn't consistently focused enough and applicable enough to my every day life for me.

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