LOS ANGELES, CA - We can all agree that 2016 has been pretty awful so far. There’s contentiousness over politics and racial unrest. We’ve lost legends like Muhammad Ali, Prince, and David Bowie. And the cherry on top of it all is terrorism and fear over the world economy, not to mention any names *cough* brexit *cough* but times are pretty tough. So bring on the 90’s nostalgia!!
A Clinton is running for president, again. Folks are debating the merits of Blink 182, and we are obsessed with the O.J. Simpson case and Pokemon.
It turns out that nostalgia can be an important tool for when times get tough. Though it was once considered a disease.
According to the Scientific American, a Swiss physician named Johannes Hofer, “proposed that nostalgia caused symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, irregular heartbeat and disordered eating.”
But now we can’t get enough of the stuff! Looking back a few decades can bring joy. It has actually been shown to counteract loneliness, boredom and anxiety. Couples feel closer and appear happier when they are sharing nostalgic memories. People literally use nostalgia to get warm on cold days.
Dr. Wildschut, a psychologist at Southampton studying nostalgia, said, “If you can recruit a memory to maintain physiological comfort, at least subjectively, that could be an amazing and complex adaptation.”
So dust off your Doc Martins and your old flannel and play some Pokemon! And be kind to one another, we’re all just trying to adapt.