Nostalgia

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I’m going to give a talk on Nostalgia for my TOPS group tomorrow night…

Asking the question: “What Is Nostalgia Good For?”…

I love to give talks and programs…

and I like finding different topics…

I had saved this for many months… and found it while cleaning (organizing) a little…

Nostalgia actually has been considered a “disorder” for many years… The term was coined in the 17th Century…

(I found that interesting!)…pdlskirt

Soldiers seemed to suffer from mental and physical maladieslonging to return home…

then… entering a depression state…

Others found that Nostalgia “thinking about the past”…was rewarding

Giving a good feeling about self and relationships… Provided texture to life and gave strength to move forward…

“Nostalgia”… made people feel that their lives had roots and continuity…

It has been shown to counteract loneliness, boredom and anxiety...

Makes people more generous to strangers and more tolerant of outsiders…

Couples feel happier when sharing nostalgic memories…

On cold days people use nostalgia to literally feel warmer!…groovan

Sometimes a “bittersweet” emotion… but, in effect… life seems more meaningful and death less frightening...

People become more optimistic and inspired about the future…

It gets us through hard times…

Most people say they experience nostalgia at least once a week… and nearly half experience it three to four times a week…

Positive elements outnumber the negative elements…

You end up having a stronger feeling of belonging and affiliation, and become more generous toward others…

Music will quickly induce nostalgia… and also warmer physically…

It could contribute to survival by making a person look for food and shelter that much longer if in that state of being…

After hearing lyrics to favorite songs... that bring on nostalgic feelings… people say they feel “loved” and that “life is worth living”…

Nostalgia brings to mind cherished experiences that assures us we are a valued person with meaningful lives…rab_ears

Nostalgia levels tend to be high among young adults, then dips in middle ages and rises again during old age…

Nostalgia helps us deal with transitions… like moving away from home… starting first jobs…

Nostalgia is something we have… and nobody can take it away from us… 

My shortened version of what I learned from an article in the New York Times by John Tierney (Southhampton, England)

 

 

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