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Why embracing nostalgia could be good for your future

Nostalgia

Nostalgia is not the enemy of progress. Nostalgia is very motivational. People in a nostalgic mood are more optimistic about their future and inspired to pursue their goals.

For instance, if you grew up fishing with your dad, you may develop a goal of having a family yourself and doing the same things with your own children.

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Why embracing nostalgia could be good for your future

Why embracing nostalgia could be good for your future

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Nostalgia

Nostalgia is not the enemy of progress. Nostalgia is very motivational. People in a nostalgic mood are more optimistic about their future and inspired to pursue their goals.

For instance, if you grew up fishing with your dad, you may develop a goal of having a family yourself and doing the same things with your own children.

Triggering nostalgia

Smells, tastes, photographs, and even music can trigger nostalgia.

The songs we listen to can be markers of notable events in our lives that can connect the past with the future.

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Traditional vs. non-traditional social strategies

While research has shown that nontraditional social strategies, such as reading a book or watching movies, can substitute for spending time with your loved ones, there is evidence that the traditional social strategies still hold actually the key to longer-lasting happiness. 

However, whenever it is not possible to combine the two or practice traditional social techniques. then you might want to consider the safest option: the nontraditional social strategies.

Nostalgia for social interactions

Whenever we are not able to meet our friends or family for a long period of time, we tend to feel nostalgic for those moments of togetherness that have just become even more precious. 

By watching movies, listening to songs, or just reflecting on our relationships, we actually help repair and rediscover who is really important to us and we will, therefore, be even more grateful when given the chance to meet up again with those very persons.

"Retro" Love

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Searching For Stability

Retro video games and 80’s /90’s music are a popular choice even with thousands of new and ultra-realistic video games and so many options in music being available, as they provide a sense of comfort in a world that is increasingly precarious and unstable.

The overabundance of content makes people feel overwhelmed and confused. Add to it the fact that today’s pop culture options often reflect the current dystopian world, when most of us are wanting to escape from it, and have limited time. 

Volitional Reconsumption

.. is a deliberate act of revisiting old cultural favorites, as a form of self-discovery and self-identity. When people rewatch something, they watch it more intensely and can find out creative details and hidden meanings that were lost in the first viewing, appreciating the fine work of art even more.

Example: The Most Popular Sitcom in the UK in 2019 was the 90s sitcom Friends, which was in the Top 10 most-watched show list on Netflix the same year.

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Nostalgia

It is the sentimentality of our past, usually for a particular time and place associated with positive emotions, etched in our memories. Historical texts state it was termed as homesickness ...

A Time Machine

The feeling of nostalgia is like traveling in a time machine. The activities that were once cherished are no longer done, and the world that is remembered no longer exists.

Nostalgia can be a form of self-deception, giving a rosy tint to the past, creating a paradise out of the moments of our lived lives.

Deep nostalgia fosters a sense of serene melancholy and spiritual longing.

Suffering

The deepest form of suffering is a feeling of extreme dissatisfaction about the impermanence and the insubstantiality of everything around us.

Buddhism mentions suffering as inevitable as long as there is desire, lust and a sense of coveting/craving in our lives. Once we grasp this fully, we stop craving and struggling in hope and fear.