With winter just around the corner, it may be time for you to savor the summer. Experts agree that hanging on to those summertime memories can brighten up your day.  Below are some examples and the results.

Being a Kid

As a kid, summer always had no bedtimes so you could play outdoors later. The neighbourhood kids all played basketball by the streetlight or baseball in the street. A great bond with all the kids…co-ed. It didn’t matter, we had fun!

We would play until sundown and drink out of the hose if we were thirsty. We played hopscotch, freeze tag, played in the sprinklers, anything we could think of! We just loved being outside with our friends.

Our Favourite Watering Hole

I would lie in a hammock reading my favourite book and listening to water lapping against the lakeshore.

I remember going to the pool day in and day out. Hot weather, cloudy weather, humid weather; the neighbourhood pool is where is what at in the summertime.

The Great Outdoors

Swinging on our tire swing from our big oak tree with our cottage neighbours into the lake was a great time had by all.

Chasing butterflies, lying in the grass observing caterpillars, the odd grasshopper passing by was a great way to pass the time.

Cookouts and Campfires

Cookouts, roasting marshmallows over the fire, running barefoot and catching fireflies with friends was a blast. Days spent on the water, reading in the hammock by the water, new friends and late-night jam sessions and…and…and…I love summer!

Camping takes the cake hands down. We always go with a big group, and there are so many things to do: swimming, rafting, playing cards or just hanging out around the campfire and gazing at the stars all night.

What the experts have to say:

“When you think back to a past experience, your brain does something called ‘mental time travel.’ It reactivates the details of that experience, allowing you to revisit the past, in a sense. The brain is also full of circuits designed to hang on to recent thoughts, memories and impressions. So, if you think back to a happy memory, those positive details get reactivated and can stick around, infusing whatever you do next with that happy mood.

“Reminiscence is considered a type of savoring, which is the term researchers most often use to describe ways in which people can maintain or increase positive affect. Research has also shown that positive emotions can affect our underlying physiology by helping us to recover from stress more quickly, and on a broader scale, are linked to increased longevity. So it is through the short-term boosts in positive emotions, such as happiness and joy, gratitude and love, that reminiscence may enhance our well-being.”

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