Do you like to think back on the good times in the past? Recent studies suggest nostalgia might be good for a person’s psychological health.
Researchers from the University of Southampton found that being nostalgic appeared to give the participants higher self-esteem, and increase the feeling of being loved and protected by others.
Another recent finding is that nostalgia counteracts effects of loneliness by increasing perceptions of social support>, and that loneliness itself can trigger it.
The theory is that nostalgia may provide people with a positive view of the past, and thereby give them a greater sense of continuity and meaning to their lives.
The researchers believe that nostalgia may also acquire greater significance in old age -older adults are especially vulnerable to social isolation and nostalgia may help them overcome feelings of loneliness.
Bottom line according to psychologists: Nostalgia is now emerging as a fundamental human strength.