Childhood · Nostalgia · Science

Week 22: The Power of Sunshine | Everyday Nostalgia

The Power of Sunshine | Everyday Nostalgia | Nostalgia Diaries Blog

“Mommy… Mommy…. Mommy!

The sound of my daughter’s sweet little Saturday-morning voice is gently rousing me from my slumber, and although she’s speaking quietly, I can tell Zoey is excited.

My eyes finally flutter open enough to look at her. Zoey is kneeling on my bed, looking as if she’s ready to pounce, and her hands are clasped together almost as if in prayer. She notices I’m finally awake and smiles.

“Guess what?” she giggles.

I can’t help but laugh, too. Her early-morning enthusiasm is contagious.

“What’s up, buttercup?” I ask.

Zoey spreads her arms and pauses dramatically before she speaks: “It’s SUMMER!” Continue reading “Week 22: The Power of Sunshine | Everyday Nostalgia”

Nostalgia · Psychology of Nostalgia · Science

Why You Should Be Nostalgic

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Because it’s good for you, that’s why.

And remarkably, all the human senses may be involved in experiencing nostalgia.

My hope is that as you read through The Nostalgia Diaries, you will reap all of the positive benefits that nostalgia promotes.

And I hope it will encourage you to plan and engage in what famous nostalgia researcher Constantine Sedikides identified as “anticipatory nostalgia”—the creation of “nostalgic-to-be memories.”

Yep, you heard me. You can mindfully create events and moments today that will create happy, positive, and super-beneficial nostalgic thoughts and feelings tomorrow.

How cool is that?

So keep on reading for inspiring ways to help you celebrate the past to create a better life today and into the future!