Been there, done that

The fear of missing out, or FOMO, happens because we find new experiences more exciting than repeat experiences. But research also shows us that we will repeatedly listen to our favourite song or rewatch favourite movies and TV shows.

While many believe that if you want to look interesting, you need to show that you're open to new experiences, we take the value of delving into the known for granted.

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The Surprising Benefits of Repeat Experiences

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Researchers found repeating experiences were often more enjoyable than participants had expected.

Every person will miss a large part of any experience. There are always more layers to explore. Repeating things is another opportunity to experience something fully, especially when the experience is complex. 

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  • Recognise that the second experience will never be a replica of the first experience. On the contrary, it will always vary to some degree.
  • Looking for the novelty in the repeat experience will feel engaging.
  • Recognise that events are neither positive nor negative. It's how we view the events that make them positive or negative. If we look to find the experience enjoyable, we'll find evidence for it.

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