Days of Remembering... Why Are They good For You?

The Good Old Days Are Good for You!

The memories of yesterday are good for you!
The memories of yesterday are good for you!

Ever Felt Like You Were "Hung Out" to Dry?

Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect! ~Owens Lee Pomeroy

Nostalgia: a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one's life, to one's home or homeland, or to one's family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time

Reading Nellieanna's hubs creates a warm, fuzzy glow. It reminds me of Norman Rockwell's painting of Americana. The "Good Old Days." Does a sound send you back in time, a smell? If your "remembering" creates a desire for the past, you know what I mean... a "yearning."

Several observations have confirmed the role of sound (a melody, a sound, a voice) in homesickness, either as a pathogentic agent that increases the pain of absence, or as a therapeutic factor that can instantly bring about remembrance. Generally, nostalgia serves an important function. It makes you feel good, strengthens relationships, makes your self-esteem increase; it makes your psychological profile better.

Soldiers especially experience a longing, the nostalgic missing of what was... Generally people associate nostalgia with words like: warm, old times, and childhood. Most of us give ourselves a staring role in nostalgic flashbacks. These glances often focus on relationships. When describing events nostalgic memories and feel tremendous joy and relief.

Nostalgic feelings are generally triggered by an external, or internal event. People tend to become nostalgic when they feel low-spirited or lonely. Perhaps to look back with satisfaction is living twice! Nostalgia fosters a sense of well-being, but like armor shielding the mind from dark thoughts, protects against psychological onslaughts in the future. Nostalgic memories are detailed and vivid, in particular because of the tendency to nurture them than other memories. It is soothing to the "soul."

Nostalgia can help people recover from sadness and isolation, but their golden memories can inoculate against future bad moods.

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Pete Sardino 6 years ago from Off Piste

Ah yes, sweating and sweltering under the blazing hot 113-degree sun in a hot sand pile surrounded by miles of sand back in Tank Hill, Fort Jackson, SC, the record hot summer of '77, I remember all I wanted was green kool-aid and Private Smith said all he wanted when he got back to Chicago would be a big tray of real black--Dirt! So sick of heat, thirst, and sand he just wanted a handful of real dirt.

Years later I ran into him, after he'd been to Korea and was a sergeant, but he couldn't remember this incident at all. And I don't want green kool-aid, but it reminds me if I ever see it.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Dallas - I love this article. The illustration is priceless! And one knows one is too much a grammarian when one has to think a bit about the definition of Nostalgia before bursting out in raucous laughter. Well in my defense, though - I first saw it in the email you sent announcing the hub and I was muddling along trying to figure out what on earth you were talking about! There was no live link to your hub but one to another hub about nostalgia, which I suppose was an automatic connection the server set up! Anyway - I knew there was a hub from you in there somehow so I came here and found it, to my delight.

I love the theme of it and thinking about what-all it means to folks to reminisce is very entlightening too! I do it, but I 'live' very much in the present. I've done more reminiscing since I've been writing more after getting into Hubpages. But I've always enjoyed hearing people talk about things of importance in their past. It's one great bonus the human brain provides us, not only being able to remember the past but being able to relate it through language and other communication. Quite nice so long as one doesn't forget that NOW is when we are alive to make more memories.

Yes - since living involves both the good times and the less-good ones, so does memory have both, nostalgia for good times, and a glad sense of relief that some of it is long-gone, - such as Pete here relates in rememebering the heat, sand and yearning for green Kool-Aid! And as he mentions, what he recalls about the time and place isn't necessarily what Private Smith's memory stored in its bank! LOL. That's often the way it works too. Just because several people were involved in a past incident doesn't mean that all the recollections of it will be similar or even that everyone will have stored it! An interesting part of it.

It's always fun to poke around in those things. As fascinating as the universe is, perhaps it's no less so the way any human mind is, but even more so as one begins to compare the multiplicity of minds involved in any moment of time or involved in any incident!

Thanks for giving me credit for prompting you to delve into what Nostalgia is and how it works. You've done a great job of it!

For sure, I have vivid memories of smells, colors, tastes, - all the sensory things that 'go-with' a memory, as well as some of the factual and intellectual aspects of it. But I suspect that remembering in general tends to be more emotional and sensual than mental, don't you? -or at least unless it's recalling facts for an exam or a court hearing or some such. ;->

Anyway - it's a delightful hub and I hope everyone comes and reads it!

Hugs, Nellieanna

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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

Pete Sardino, Thanks Pete for sharing. Memories serve us well. I remember in kindergarten the principal was talking to the class and told us to "Get behind your teacher and support her." We began to line up behind the teacher.... I am sure nobody else remembers our class literally doing as instructed...

Nellieanna I wish I was "smart enough" to have said the definition of "Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect!" As always, it a pleasure to read your responses and your hubs. Thanks!

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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

My nostalgia belongs to my dad.............. every moment was a happy one. For a long time I could sometimes still hear his voice and the way he'd talk or sing to me............. I can't hear it anymore, and that sometimes bothers me. The "past perfect;" I like that! ~ Kaie

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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

Kaie Arwen,. Thanks for sharing.

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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

I passed a hammock the other day and suddenly, I was back in Trinidad, 5 years old and swinging happily in my hammock with the help of a cool tropical breeze. In my 18 years of live I've never "yearned for the past"... until I saw that hammock. Haha, sounds a little dramatic but it's true.

Good hub!

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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

kaltopsyd, Nostalgia is like that. Thanks for sharing! I hear a song, and it takes me back to a specific event...

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World-Traveler 6 years ago from USA

Those days of the past provide excellent wisdom for our days in the future. The past can be a teacher for questions about lessons not yet learned.

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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

World-Traveler, A wise person learns from the past. Others do the same thing and expect different results! I agree with your comments...

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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Dallas lovely hub and I agree with Nellieanna that picture is priceless. Nostalgia is great for reflected on the good times and family and history - gives you a sense of purpose and balance when current times get tough.

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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

billyaustindillon, Your last sentence explains it. Nostalgia provides a "reference." Thanks for sharing.

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ralwus 6 years ago

The strongest I ever feel is on a rainy day inside a vintage car with that old upholstery. It has a certain smell like none other. Instantly I am transported to 1954. btw, love that photo. LOL

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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

ralwus, Glad you finished your coffee (from another hub)! Smells, sounds, songs, and many more "things' trigger our nostalgia. It is healthy when used in moderation... I remember sitting in an outhouse on a hot sunny day reading Sears catalog... How "cool" I felt when I opened the door - even though it was over 100 degrees... Sweat does cool you...

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Nostalgia is a nice comfortable thing that gently drops by on me from time to time, great read thanks for days of remembering :)

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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

katiem2, Thanks for stopping by... Nostalgia provides a reference...

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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

The older I become, the more I enjoy comparing the "good old days" with current times and trends. My brother loves chatting with me on the phone about childhood memories. This is an awesome hub and I voted up. I thank you so much for your work and I love the photo. Looking forward to reading more of your hubs.

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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

vocalcoach, "Good old days" provides a reference... Most of the time, today is much better. Perhaps the best is to have the "youth" of yesteryear with the "acquired wisdom" of today! Thanks for stopping by. I'll leave the light on...

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Nostalgia a wonder drug of sorts. Transportation to happier or sadder days. Regardless without memories, I may as well be in the deepest depths of the ocean. Total blackness nothing around me but space. I like so many others are happy to at least use part of the 5% of our brain in nostalgic trances. Without nostalgia I am dead.

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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

saddlerider1 Although you have "choices," you may as well be soaring with the eagles among the clouds over a nudist colony!

Elisa ( 5 years ago

This is so uplifting and true! great article :)

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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

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