13 Facts About Nostalgia


Nostalgia is a sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.

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Nostalgia is associated with a yearning for the past, its personalities, possibilities, and events, especially the "good ol' days" or a "warm childhood".

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Nostalgia has been found to have important psychological functions, such as to improve mood, increase social connectedness, enhance positive self-regard, and provide existential meaning.

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Nostalgia can be connected to more focus on coping strategies and implementing them, thus increasing support in challenging times.

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Nostalgia sometimes involves memories of people one was close to, and thus it can increase one's sense of social support and connections.

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Nostalgia is triggered specifically by feelings of loneliness, but counteracts such feelings with reflections of close relationships.

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Nostalgia serves as a coping mechanism and helps people to feel better about themselves.

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Nostalgia helps increase one's self-esteem and meaning in life by buffering threats to well-being and by initiating a desire to deal with problems or stress.

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Nostalgia makes people more willing to engage in growth-oriented behaviors and encourages them to view themselves as growth-oriented people.

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Nostalgia was still diagnosed among soldiers as late as the American Civil War.

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Nostalgia was still being recognized in both the First and Second World Wars, especially by the American armed forces.

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Nostalgia is triggered by something reminding an individual of an event or item from their past.

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Nostalgia has been frequently studied as a tool of rhetoric and persuasion.

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