I discovered there was a new Meik Wiking book when I came across his article on the creating happier travel memories for Afar Magazine’s website. Before The Art of Making Memories, I’ve read every one of Meik Wiking’s books. The Little Book of Hygge has a special place in my heart however, I also enjoyed The Little Book of Lykke.
I loves finding new ways to capture my travel memories I was excited to pick up The Art of Making Memories in hopes of picking up more tips. Unfortunately, I found The Art of Making Memories not as entertaining or useful as Wiking’s other books. There is a ton of research mostly from psychological studies that he used to back up his observations. Unfortunately, the majority of the book felt overshadowed by all the research Wiking cites. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy reading about the psychology behind various subjects, however as a former psychology major the bulk of what he has to say in this book felt redundant to what I learned in my courses.
Thus, in spite of this book containing Wiking’s signature dry wit and humour along with numerous gorgeous photographs all in colour, The Art of Making Memories did not capture my attention or interest compared with his last two books. Nevertheless there were a few excellent takeaways from the book which were:
- Treat happy moments like a first date and actually pay attention to them, thus making them more memorable to you.
- Visit a new place at least once a year, it doesn’t have to be far and can just be somewhere simple and local.
- Rename places that are special to you by referring them to a happy memory.
The Art of Making Memories is perfect for the person who is interested in learning how to improve their memory in general or if they are just truly interested in connecting happiness research with psychology this one may appeal to them. However, you may also enjoy it if you are a diehard fan Meik Wiking’s work and want his latest to add to your collection.
Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.