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Time Flies

Time Flies

Has 2016 flown by for you? Is that because you were having fun, or is it because you are getting older? Interestingly, psychological research suggests that we all experience the passing of time differently, and that doing lots of new things may be the key to subjectively slowing time down.

Psychologists believe that how we estimate the passing of time depends on how many memories are stored in our brain. So, if you have lots of new experiences you will store more memories and, consequently time appears to move more slowly. For example, children are likely to experience more things for the first time because the world is new to them, so more memories are made, and their time seems to slow down. Think back to your childhood summer holidays and how they appeared to go on forever! By contrast, if adults do the same monotonous routines day after day then they won’t be creating and storing new memories and time appears to move more quickly. This may explain why, as we get older, and our lives sometimes become more predictable and orderly, time seems to speed up.

So, time doesn’t necessarily fly by when you are having fun. It flies by when you are doing the same old same old. Maybe you should plan to do some things for the first time in 2017. Travel to new places, and plan some new routines. It may also be important to take time to pause and be mindful. The hectic pace of life, where we stumble from one thing to another, without pause for breath, means we lose ourselves and time appears to move even more quickly. So, do new things, and remember to stop and breathe. Life will be richer and won’t rush by quite as quickly.

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