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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2013, Vol. 21 ›› Issue (7): 1262-1271.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.01262

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Savoring: Enjoying Positive Experience with Concentrated Attention

GUO Dingrong;REN Jun;ZHANG Zhenxin;Fred B. BRYANT   

  1. (1 Department of Psychology, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004, China) (2 Department of Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL 60660, USA)
  • Received:2012-12-26 Online:2013-07-15 Published:2013-07-15
  • Contact: ZHANG Zhenxin

Abstract: Savoring is an important concept in positive psychology that refers to the processes that individuals use to enhance and prolong positive experience. In this paper, we review Bryant and Veroff's theory as well as recent studies of savoring, and discusses conceptual issues concerning the meaning, structure, process, and measurement of savoring. We also review research on how savoring influences happiness and on how to promote savoring ability. We highlight important areas for further study, including neurophysiological mechanisms, life-span developmental research, and cross-cultural similarities and differences. We recommend that future researchers pay particular attention to the measurement and application of savoring.

Key words: savoring, positive experience, positive psychology, happiness