Should we invest more in creating new memories?

Memories have the power to make us laugh or cry, to make us smile or worry, to help us make our future decisions but do we invest enough time in this digital age in making new memories?

According to the research from Sunlife, making a memory is a complex process that involves acquiring, storing and recalling information. The power memories have over us can be so strong that we actually make decisions based on these memories but sometimes we are so busy looking to buy the best smartphone or the newest car and spend too long focused on the materialistic things in life that we sometimes forget to make more memories.

What’s the best way to make new memories then?

For me, memories are about being with people. Family and friends are so important and the things we do together and the places we visit all help create wonderful memories. Some of the best memories with family and friends are also not what you might expect. It might not be about spending thousands of pounds on a holiday (although, I do have wonderful memories of holidays too!) but rather those last minute, spur of the moment trips to the woods, the walk to the park, or the family day sat in pyjamas and watching films snuggled under a duvet.

The bits we remember are the times we laughed (or cried) the adventure and the magic of being together. Sometimes we also forget to enjoy the moment. With smartphones in almost everyone’s pocket, we often watch through a screen the joy happening right in front of us. I have to remember that while taking pictures is important, actually being in the moment is even more important. If you are always stuck behind a screen, you will feel removed from the event. Take some time out and actually enjoy the time with your family. Just take a few snaps through the day but don’t make the day about photos.

Get out of your rut

It’s easy to get stuck in a bit of a rut sometimes. Life can become a daily routine and you can sometimes forget that it’s actually ok to do something different. We should always keep our natural curiosity and try to be adventurous in our routines where we can. We might choose to not do something because it’s too far away or you feel it’s going to be hard work but we miss out on so much by doing this. Being adventurous keeps us youthful and adds to the memories we make. You might choose to try something you’ve never thought of before. You could open your world to new friends or encourage old friends to try something new too.

Having a purpose for trying something new could spur you on more. Why not really go for it and raise money for charity at the same time! This could help motivate you to keep going and challenge you to do more. All of these new experiences will help create more and more memories that you can share with your family too. Doing something out of your comfort zone might give you a real buzz and new opportunities may come from it too.

Whatever you choose to do, make sure you’re present. Be part of the memory, not just capturing it. What’s your most treasured memory? I’d love to hear them!

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