Summary from Goodreads:
What’s the actual secret to happiness? Great memories! Meik Wiking—happiness researcher and New York Times bestselling author of The Little Book of Hygge and The Little Book of Lykke—shows us how to create memories that make life sweet in this charming book.
Do you remember your first kiss? The day you graduated? Your favorite vacation? Or the best meal you ever had?
Memories are the cornerstones of our identity, shaping who we are, how we act, and how we feel. In his work as a happiness researcher, Meik Wiking has learned that people are happier if they hold a positive, nostalgic view of the past. But how do we make and keep the memories that bring us lasting joy?
The Art of Making Memories examines how mental images are made, stored, and recalled in our brains, as well as the “art of letting go”—why we tend to forget certain moments to make room for deeper, more meaningful ones. Meik uses data, interviews, global surveys, and real-life experiments to explain the nuances of nostalgia and the different ways we form memories around our experiences and recall them—revealing the power that a “first time” has on our recollections, and why a piece of music, a smell, or a taste can unexpectedly conjure a moment from the past. Ultimately, Meik shows how we each can create warm memories that will stay with us for years.
Combining his signature charm with Scandinavian forthrightness, filled with infographics, illustrations, and photographs, and featuring “Happy Memory Tips,” The Art of Making Memories is an inspiration meditation and practical handbook filled with ideas to help us make the memories that will bring us joy throughout our lives.
I received a copy of The Art of Making Memories for review last fall (sorry so late, but thanks William Morrow!) and decided that now (yay, COVID-19 isolation, ugh thanks I hate it) would be a good time to give it a read.
This is a very pretty book that uses psychological and neurological research – presented in an easy-to-read format – to suggest ways to remember our good memories. So it’s much less “here are prescribed kinds of memories you should make” and much more “this is how we remember things and how you can use these tools to remember things that make you happy, particularly as you’re making new memories”. So Moonwalking on Einstein but instead of remembering reams of information, it’s remembering life events.
Dear FTC: I received a review copy from the publisher.