The Value Of Rediscovery

I loved this study. I’m going to try something like it with my family; maybe you will, too.IMG_0859

In 4 studies, the researchers examined “rediscovery” by asking 135 students to put the following into a time capsule:

  1. a recent conversation
  2. a description of their last social event
  3. an extract from a paper they wrote
  4. 3 favorite songs

They were also asked, “In 3 months time, how will you feel about these items?” What the researchers found was that people derived much more meaning than they expected from these mundane items. They underestimated how much today’s events would mean down the road. The lead researcher, Zhang who teaches at Harvard Business School noted that “What is now ordinary becomes more extraordinary in the future”. We don’t document the daily, ordinary events in our lives; they don’t have a ton of meaning at the time. This study reminds us NOT TO TAKE THE PRESENT FOR GRANTED.

source: Psychological Science. Zhang et al 2014

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