Looks like I’m on to something. My blog has been, for the most part, about nostalgia; things remembered. If you are a loyal follower of mine (yes all 5 of you) it seems that reading my blog should be making you feel better.
A recent article from The New York Times explains how Dr. Constantine Sedikides researched the subject of nostalgia and found that having nostalgic thoughts “makes me feel good about myself and relationships” and gives him the strength to move forward. He contends that living in the past is not a bad thing. (Thank goodness… there is hope for me!) People who have pleasant memories from the past are more optimistic and face the future in a positive way. Even bittersweet memories from the past can make you stronger and better able to handle all the emotions that Life provides for us.
Dr. Sedikides and his research team have worked on this topic for a decade, and have developed a questionnaire called the Southampton Nostalgia Scale. There is a link within the article if you want to download the questionnaire.
Memories are the glue that can hold us all together. I think that’s why it is so satisfying for me to write about my past.
You can read the entire article about nostalgia here: