Nostalgia · Stories

What We Pass Down



“You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em….” – Kenny Rogers

Recently, I found out that my presence might be required in Las Vegas at an upcoming work conference. Though there were a litany of reasons I wasn’t keen on the idea, three major ones stuck out:

  1. I drink so infrequently that I have a slight buzz after eating pasta made with white wine sauce.
  2. The thought of staying up until the wee hours of the morning at an after-party after a long day of work and making small talk with strangers made me want to crawl in bed and go to sleep. At 8 PM.
  3. My idea of gambling involves $1 worth of pennies and a slot machine. Maybe $5, if I’m feeling lucky.

Needless to say, I was happy that I had too many pressing deadlines so I wouldn’t need to attend. I actually think it had nothing to do with my workload and more to do with the look on my face when the suggestion was made that I go, the one that silently begged, “Please don’t make me go, please don’t make me go.” Continue reading “What We Pass Down”

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!