Nostalgic Memories Could Create Optimism For The Future

Nostalgic memories of the past could make some people feel more positive about their prospects for the future, according to researchers from University of Southampton in the UK.
Researchers surveyed a group of volunteers on their self-perception after hearing a nostalgic holiday song or story. They found that those who heard a nostalgic song were more likely to report optimistic feelings about the future than those in a control group:
"Nostalgia is experienced frequently and virtually by everyone, and we know that it can maintain psychological comfort. For example, nostalgic reverie can combat loneliness. We wanted to take that a step further and assess whether it can increase a feeling of optimism about the future," the researchers said.