Are you hoping for an unforgettable holiday season this year? Why not try a little nostalgia. Why? Studies have shown nostalgic thinking has powerful benefits to lift you up, to motivate you, to strengthen your relationships, to make you feel happy, and to make you feel content, among many other perks. Here are three amazing ways nostalgia can make this year’s holidays better and brighter:
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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!
“Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us.” – Oscar Wilde
You remember, right?
You step outside your house, excited and eager to start a new year.
On your feet are new shoes, bright and unmarked, ready for those first few scuffs that you will at first try to rub off in a vain effort to keep them pristine, but will soon accept because you know the newness will not last beyond lunchtime anyway. On your back rests a backpack, waiting to be filled with books and homework and secretly-passed love notes from the cute new boy that will sit three desks behind you. You haven’t met him yet, but you’re positive that when you do, he’ll only have eyes for you.
In front of you is the bus or car that will take you to school. Or maybe you will ride your Schwinn or walk with a gaggle of your best friends. However you get there, your mom will be beside you—crying—before you take off, just like she always does on your first day.
Above you, the leaves on the trees that have watched over you year after year flicker green and gold against a cloudless, azure sky and, as they wave you away in the warm breeze with good wishes, one of them breaks off and floats toward you. You catch it and appreciate its early autumn beauty. Continue reading “Time to Begin”