Our 24/7 tech-centric lifestyles have us craving more downtime than ever. We’re recognizing the need to slow down and unplug – even if just for a moment – to connect with ourselves and enjoy that which makes us human. As multimedia and consumer messaging continues to occupy every inch of our external space, vying for attention, we’re looking inward to gain a sense of personal calm, creativity and fulfillment.
As life speeds up, our need for the most basic pleasurable experiences is growing. We’re increasingly looking for ways to reconnect with simple pleasures through earthly delights and indulgences – particularly through the senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and feel. Indulging our senses give us the opportunity to escape from our daily routine and a chance to relax and, quite literally, smell the roses. As we slow down, we’re finding joy in everyday experiences from the first sip of a cup of coffee to the warmth of a wool sweater, the sound of an old song and the smell of fresh linens. While multisensory products and environments are on the rise, it’s in the small details of daily life that we’re beginning to recognize the beauty, grace and sensuality that have always existed, making it seem as though there are now more ways to enjoy life than ever before – especially if we take the time to slow down and take note.