Nostalgia For The Past Boosts Optimism For The Future, Study Suggests

The Huffington Post:

Thinking fondly about the past can make you more excited about what’s to come, according to a new study.

Nostalgia seems to spur optimism for the future because it “raises self-esteem which in turn heightens optimism,” study researcher Dr. Tim Wildschut, of the University of Southampton, said in a statement.

“Memories of the past can help to maintain current feelings of self-worth and can contribute to a brighter outlook on the future,” he added. “Our findings do imply that nostalgia, by promoting optimism, could help individuals cope with psychological adversity.”

A 2010 study in the journal Psychological Science, on the other hand, suggested that optimism could actually improve health by boosting the body’s immune response.

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