The Art of Making Memories

The Art of Making Memories

How to Create and Remember Happy Moments

Audiobook on MP3 CD - 2019
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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? Wiking shows us how.
Publisher: [New York] :, HarperCollins,, [2019]
Edition: Unabridged
Description: 1 audio disc (4 1/2 hr.) : digital, MP3 ; 4 3/4 in
Copyright Date: ©℗2019
ISBN: 9781094024929
Branch Call Number: MP 153.1 Wik


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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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