Is there a way you turn up the volume up your positive experiences? How about when it comes to your art making practice? Gretchen Rubin in The Happiness Project suggests “To eke out the most happiness from an experience, we must anticipate it, savor it as it unfolds, express happiness, and recall a happy memory.”
Applying this to an art making practice could look like the following:
Anticipe: scheduling ahead of time a space to make art and seeing it as a reward to look forwards to. Marking the date in your calendar so there’s a visual reminder leading up to it.
Savour: laying out our pens, paper, tools carefully. Sharpening your pencil slowly. Focusing on the feeling of making marks and what you experience in your body. Put on your favourite music, podcast or audio book if you enjoy having an audio backdrop when making art.
Express: writing down how it felt during the process. Bullet points, single words or a more lengthy explanation of how it felt. Telling someone else about your experience. Making another piece of art to express how you felt.
Recall: reviewing your art at a later date to recall the memory of making it. Rereading any notes you made about the experience.