Nostalgia is one of these often scorned emotions that seem reserved for the more romantic among us. Despite its mawkish image though, many studies have shown that feeling nostalgic can actually be good for you. For example, “Nostalgia has been shown to counteract loneliness, boredom and anxiety. It makes people more generous to strangers and more tolerant of outsiders. Couples feel closer and look happier when they’re sharing nostalgic memories. On cold days, or in cold rooms, people use nostalgia to literally feel warmer.”
In this insightful article in The New Yorker, Michael Chabon sets off to challenge our assumptions about nostalgia and advance a different understanding of what it really means. I don’t believe we will see nostalgia defined in a better and more beautiful way than this soon:
Nostalgia, most truly and most meaningfully, is the emotional experience—always momentary, always fragile—of having what you lost or never had, of seeing what you missed seeing, of meeting the people you missed knowing, of sipping coffee in the storied cafés that are now hot-yoga studios. It’s the feeling that overcomes you when some minor vanished beauty of the world is momentarily restored, whether summoned by art or by the accidental enchantment of a painted advertisement for Sen-Sen, say, or Bromo-Seltzer, hidden for decades, then suddenly revealed on a brick wall when a neighboring building is torn down. In that moment, you are connected; you have placed a phone call directly into the past and heard an answering voice.https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-true-meaning-of-nostalgia
My best wishes for an inspiring day ahead!