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Savoring has been found to be an important mechanism through which people derive happiness from positive events. Savoring things like a beautiful sunset and the positive emotions associated with it can contribute to improved well-being . Temporarily giving up something pleasurable may provide an effective route to happiness. Research show that when experiencing positive events, focusing attention on the present moment and engaging in positive rumination promoted happiness, whereas telling others promoted life satisfaction. People who savor report improvements in resilience, depressive symptoms, and happiness over time. Through mindful savoring practices, people with chronic illnesses may become more sensitive to healthy, positive experiences in everyday life, and be less prone to addictions .
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