Happy Holidays! We’ve enjoyed our tradition of sharing a #CupOfHolidayCheer and are grateful for your shares, reads, and encouragements.

May you create the best Christmas ever!

Christmas is about change: A #CupOfHolidayCheer 2019

A phenomenon is known as “the holiday paradox” informs and provides an essential focus to the retirement life we’re planning. This paradox explains the need to continue adding new and different experiences as we age.

The Holiday Paradox

When it comes to how we perceive time, humans can estimate the length of an event from two very different perspectives: a prospective vantage, while an event is still occurring, or a retrospective one, after it has ended. In addition, our experience of time varies with whatever we are doing and how we feel about it. In fact, time does fly when we are having fun. Engaging in a novel exploit makes time appear to pass more quickly in the moment. But if we remember that activity later on, it will seem to have lasted longer than more mundane experiences.

The Scientific American

New Experiences Encode More Memories

The reason? Our brain encodes new experiences, but not familiar ones, into memory, and our retrospective judgment of time is based on how many new memories we create over a certain period. In other words, the more new memories we build on a weekend getaway, the longer that trip will seem in hindsight. This phenomenon, which psychologist and BBC columnist Claudia Hammond dubbed the holiday paradox, seems to present one of the best clues as to why, in retrospect, time seems to pass more quickly the older we get. From childhood to early adulthood, we have many fresh experiences and learn countless new skills.

The Scientific American

Break Out of the Routine

As adults, though, our lives become more routine, and we experience fewer unfamiliar moments. As a result, our early years tend to be relatively overrepresented in our autobiographical memory and, on reflection, seem to have lasted longer. Of course, this means we can also slow time down later in life. We can alter our perceptions by keeping our brain active, continually learning skills and ideas, and exploring new places.

The Scientific American

This holiday season, along with the few virtual cups of holiday cheer, we send you a wish.

Our Wish For You In 2020: #CupOfHolidayCheer 2019

Our 2020 wish for you is that you find a robust, supportive network that will nourish, appreciate, and make use of your unique talents.

A network of diverse individuals that will lift you up when you are most in need and whisper daily encouragements.

A network that will challenge you, inform you, and expand your concepts of how rich your life can become.

We wish you our dream of High Health, High Wealth, and High Purpose.

A stepping off point: #CupOfHolidayCheer 2019

And we send you our love and encouragement. May we all look back at the close of 2019 as our stepping off point. The start of a new focus. A focus on acquiring special moments. Fresh, affirmative, and unfamiliar moments. Moments of time and experience that will enrich our lives, expand our sense of time, and make us grateful for the shared moments with loved ones.