The science behind nostalgia – 6 interesting facts, including the negative ones

Feeling nostalgic: is it bad or good for our health? How does it affect one's personality? What triggers nostalgia? Read on to find out!

What are you most nostalgic about? Do you believe nostalgia can be dangerous?

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Pat Hamill
For me, being nostalgic is not dangerous. It is a way of connecting with my past. I am very grateful to have these joyful memories, and am forever grateful for this touch of my past. I am in my eighties now, the oldest of ten children, so have a very large family. How blessed, I am. Of course, I live in the present, the past is gone, the future is unknown, but today is mine!
Apr 14, 2020 4:54PM
Nostalgia done right is a very pleasant experience.
Sep 11, 2021 9:31PM
Peter Robertson
The Preacher(Ecclesiastes) warned against it! But for us,"The good old days" were better because they do not confront us with the problems we have now,and we forget the ones we had then. The future will always be better for the same reason. The "here and now" is where we have problems.
Dec 8, 2020 5:11PM
Paula Salem
Music is a perfect way to feel nostalgic. Love the memories it brings me.
Nov 20, 2020 4:44PM
Thank you for an interesting take on nostalgia. I tend to move on, and be in the present moment because I know that life is a journey with ups and downs, good and bad and that all things are lessons the universe would have me learn. Simply put: "If it occurs, it is indicated". Collect your gifts and be grateful. The game of life is always ON! Engage passionately, authentically and Dan Heer. Bless you all and be safe and well Quiz Folks.
Jun 11, 2020 4:29AM
Donna Garza
I had a wonderful childhood. Great parents, family. So my nostalgia is something I visit quite often. I had a discussion recently with my adult children. I told them you have plenty of fun, silly memories of me and our family, and when I’m gone I want them to remember and talk and laugh of those times. I know they will miss me, but I don’t want them to be sad when they think of me.
May 29, 2020 4:41PM
Johnny Gio
Mar 30, 2020 2:20PM
Bvr Shppy
b4 All of my Atrocious decisions as a Young teen (mayb evn a few years b4 tht..?) the World wz my Oyster 🙂 Thank You
Feb 14, 2020 11:11PM
Mena Mitchell
Today, my elderly self was at a ski area, to see a snow ssculpture contest, and just the whole feel of the slopes, brought a tear to my eyes, that I can never feel that " free", floating, winter woods zipping by, feeling, again.
Jan 25, 2020 2:16PM
Suzanne Jeffery
Food is my trigger. I miss the home cooked, Pennsylvania Dutch
Dec 11, 2019 5:34PM
Germaine Ferrao Lenn
Oh I can so relate!! Roy Cunningham,
Nov 20, 2019 4:04AM
David Zacher
Tom Paxton said “It’s ok to look back but don’t stare “ love that quote
Nov 14, 2019 5:51PM
One of the few things that make me feel nostalgic is BEER. Years ago, beer was NOT PASTEURIZED and sopme brews were exquisite, THICK and flavoured. Nowadays, most of them are, as Mon ty Python once said, "like making love in a canoe!, that is, "f*cking close to water".
Oct 17, 2019 2:06AM
jack patti go
I do feel nostalgic, to remember the past! There was a very short window, when I was so very happy. Thiscwas long ago in yhe 70's! I am pretty happy now! Ilove my husband, have great kids and grands! My health isn't the best, but yhankful, for my life, I hsve!
Oct 12, 2019 10:09PM
Linda Spreng
Bean soup is my nostalgia trigger. My mom & brother used to make it, I never liked it. They had weird senses of humor. We three always pranked one another. Since they passed, I've been awakened by the aroma of bean soup. I always tell them how cure their little trick is. It feels healthy to me.
Oct 5, 2019 4:39PM

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