Looking back to move forward: Nostalgia as a psychological resource for promoting relationship goals and overcoming relationship challenges.

@article{Abeyta2015LookingBT,
  title={Looking back to move forward: Nostalgia as a psychological resource for promoting relationship goals and overcoming relationship challenges.},
  author={Andrew A. Abeyta and Clay D Routledge and Jacob Juhl},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2015},
  volume={109 6},
  pages={
          1029-44
        }
}
Previous research has shown that nostalgia is a highly social emotion that provides a sense of social connectedness. In the present research, we tested a social motivational function of nostalgia. Specifically, across 7 studies we found converging evidence that nostalgia mobilizes social goals. In Study 1, nostalgia increased the importance people assigned to relationship goals and how optimistic they felt about achieving these goals. In Study 2, nostalgia increased intentions to pursue goals… CONTINUE READING
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