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Nostalgia: A Trip Down Memory Lane, and Back

Wijnand A. P. van Tilburg: Studies show that nostalgia — defined as a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past — tends to make people feel better about themselves and others. Nostalgic memories usually feature significant social events such as holidays and graduation, and so instill a sense of meaning in life, increase self-esteem, and make us feel more connected to those we care about.

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