Presented by Gordon's Estate Services, courtesy of Science of Us
Typically, when one thinks of moving, the connotations are usually negative. When research has been done on relocation, it has traditionally highlighted the negative aspects of this life shift. The loss of friends, the loss of routine, and many other downsides are emphasized, and the entire process of moving is painted with a negative brush.
While we have likely all experienced a move of some kind, and there are surely negative memories we would soon forget, there is also an element of excitement and exhilaration associated with moving to a new place and starting over somewhere unknown. This feeling of 'newness' is the same excitement we experience when starting a new relationship, job, or new project.
Melissa Dahl of the New York Times writes, “It’s exactly that sense of newness that’s at the heart of a new study, spotted recently by psychology writer Alex Fradera* at BPS Research Digest, as all the novelty seems to be doing something rather interesting to your autobiographical memory”.
The study ultimately determined that our memories of events that happen just before and just after a move seem to stand out as seeming especially vivid, at least this is the argument made by a trio of researchers from the University of New Hampshire. We remember events in our lives particularly clearly when they occur around a move. This is the same reason many of us remember our adolescence so vividly, particularly high school. Each experience during the high school years is uncharted waters. Everything is new, and thus it is more deeply engrained in our psyches.
Moving works as a placeholder in our minds, flagging that time in our lives as particularly important. So, while traditional research focuses on the downside of moving, this more positive finding is a refreshing take on relocating, which can be a truly exciting time in one’s life. Let someone else sweat the details so you can focus on the excitement and exhilaration of starting this new chapter. Moving is an opportunity to make new and lasting memories.