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Those good old days and the power of nostalgia

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Those ambling trips down memory lane can lead to some intriguing effects, research shows

Tenu kala chasma jachda hai. Super Mario. Paper Boat drinks. Choker necklaces. Pokémon GO. La La Land. Gilmore Girls. Throwback Thursday. Facebook Memories. Unprecedented endorsement for “Back to the glory days". 

Tenu kala chasma jachda hai. Super Mario. Paper Boat drinks. Choker necklaces. Pokémon GO. La La Land. Gilmore Girls. Throwback Thursday. Facebook Memories. Unprecedented endorsement for “Back to the glory days". 

It is undeniable that 2016 celebrated nostalgia in all its fervour and for good reason. We may not yet have the ability to physically travel through time, but mental time travel to the good old days is a rather cheap and effective way to feel better when we are unsure, uncertain, and uncomfortable. Last year certainly was not short of opportunities to make one feel that way. 

It is undeniable that 2016 celebrated nostalgia in all its fervour and for good reason. We may not yet have the ability to physically travel through time, but mental time travel to the good old days is a rather cheap and effective way to feel better when we are unsure, uncertain, and uncomfortable. Last year certainly was not short of opportunities to make one feel that way. 

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Extant research in psychology shows that when people feel anxious, overwhelmed, or challenged in life, they use happy memories to anchor themselves.

As psychologist Clay Routledge mentions in his book, Nostalgia: A Psychological Resource, we look at the past nostalgically to “right the ship". Not surprisingly, research shows that feeling nostalgic inspires, galvanizes and motivates us to live life to its fullest. 

A deeply personal feeling, this sentimental longing for the past, can strengthen the bond with the present and make one feel more optimistic about the future.

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