We all have a sense of what nostalgia is right? It's the feeling, the thoughts and the emotions derived from thinking about days gone by. Normally those thoughts are of a positive nature. Maybe at Christmas we might think of Christmases of long ago when we were kids and the fun we used to have and the anticipation of Santa's arrival. But what is nostalia exactly. Some have theorized that it's actually a form of depression and that someone is actually in emotional pain if they're waxing nostalgic. Not so. The University of Southampton conducted a study.
While their study indicates there might be something close to that, authors also say positives can come from nostalgia. A person going through a nostalgic episode misses a time or person, longs for it and may even wish to return to the past. As a result that person feels emotional. Most often they are happy, but with a sense of loss and longing.
But they also say there are psychological benefits. When engaging in nostalgic reflection, people report a stronger sense of belongingness, affiliation or sociality, they describe their lives as more meaningful and often indicate higher levels of self esteem and positive mood.
While it may make some people sad, the study indicates it also is in general a resource which people can capitalize to harness strength. They say it helps some people cope with everyday life as it is today.
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