Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Ritual of Enjoyment
The ritual performing subject noted that their chocolate was more enjoyable; they savored it, relishing every bite and would even be willing to pay more for the ritual-enhanced chocolate than regular chocolate.
Bear in mind, this was not special chocolate.
The subjects who did not do the ritual confirmed that fact--they liked the chocolate, but they did not enjoy it as much. The ritual was what made it enjoyable.
The authors conclude their study by stating that rituals make our lives better. If you're obsessive compulsive, rituals make your life less stressful. If you suffer a loss or disappointment, rituals help you cope--think of the ritual of mourning. Rituals help you feel more in control of a wide, scary, uncontrollable world.
After reading this study I started looking at some of my rituals of enjoyment. My writing is one place I hold rituals. If I want to write, I get up at 5:00 am, an hour before my hubby and settle in while it's still dark outside, imagination unleashed. When I read at home alone, it's bundled up in blankets on the couch with a fire in the fireplace and a cat on the blanket at my feet. When I want a really good, healthy meal, I wait until my husband gets home and we chop up the vegetables together, stir pots side by side, finish each other's cooking tasks. That food tastes extra good. And when I want to think about life and how it connects to the universe and how humans relate to each other, I blog. I blog nearly every Wednesday. It keeps me grounded, it keeps me grateful, and it keeps me thinking.
So tell me, what are some of your rituals of enjoyment?
Aidee Ladnier, an award-winning author of speculative fiction, began writing at twelve years old but took a hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce independent movies, collect interesting shoes, fold origami, send ping pong balls into space, and amass a secret file with the CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee's to write both romance and erotica with a little science fiction, fantasy, mystery, or the paranormal thrown in to add a zing.