101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #65–Practice Synesthesia

From Literarydevices.net:

Generally, the term “synesthesia” refers to a certain medical condition in which one of the five senses simultaneously stimulates another sense. A person with such condition may not only see alphabets but also associate them with particular scents. This happens when the different parts of the brain that are responsible in identifying color, sound, taste, and smell somehow get interlinked and thus one sense triggers another sense.

In step #54, I wrote about Live Delicious! Practicing synesthesia is a great way, in my opinion, to live deliciously. And this is one of those cases where I don’t think I can really explain WHY I believe synesthetes are happier. I just KNOW it. You are going to have to trust me on this one. And the best way to find out is try it for yourself.

So here is a simple little test designed to help you ramp up your synesthesia abilities.

If I were simply to have you imagine being here on the Oregon coast, you might be able to hear the sound of the waves and taste the salt water or smell the dirt.

To practice synesthesia:

What sound does brown make?

What smell would you associate with the feeling of standing on the edge of this cliff?

Find your own examples for a week. Then see if the concept of Living Deliciously has more

meaning for you.

Photo of the Oregon coast courtesy of my friend, Dan Morales.

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