It’s fascinating to me that these study subjects did not have to physically be in an awe-inspiring situation. They could simply remember one or imagine one and get the same benefits. This means we have this tool at our fingertips at any time – not just when we reach a breathtaking vista on our summer hiking trip.
There is also research to show that people who give money away tend to feel richer despite how much money they actually have. In the time perception study, researchers decided to see if this concept worked as well for “time affluence” as it did for feelings of financial affluence. Guess what, it worked!
People who donated their time to help others actually felt more time-rich than those who got an unexpected block of free time. This effect was consistent whether the donated time was volunteering for a charitable organization or staying home and helping their spouse who needed assistance with a task.
The next time I feel like I just don’t have enough hours in the day, I can remind myself that I have the opportunity to perceive time differently if I choose to do so. I can use some tools to help me – like looking at the photos of the beach views that I took on our last vacation. I can take a moment to stop and look up at the amazing cloud formations. Also, I can do a little something for someone else and know that my sense of accomplishment will help me to feel more time-affluent too.
So tell us, has this worked for you? How can you personally become more time-affluent?