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!
Nobody knew exactly how to cure nostalgia, but doctors tried everything: stomach cleansing, leeches, and even aggressive bullying techniques to make the soldiers stronger. Of course, none of those helped.
As it turns out, smells activate the part of the brain responsible for emotions, which invokes a range of different feelings. The scents we smell during special moments tie with our emotions, which later can provoke powerful nostalgia.
This perfectly works in advertising. Manufacturers often reuse old ideas and concepts from the past, provoking nostalgia in their customers and trying to sell more. Sometimes such trends can be really manipulative and make people pay for something they don't really need.
Just like missing the past too much, anticipatory nostalgia can also negatively affect us and our mental outlook. If you don't want to reconcile the fact that everything, even the best, will one day pass, you simply don't allow yourself to live in the present.
In other words, nostalgia can help people believe there's still good in the world. Nostalgia makes you focus on yourself and your personal feelings so you can forget about your everyday problems for a while and relieve anxiety.
What are you most nostalgic about? Do you believe nostalgia can be dangerous?
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