The past makes the present meaningful: nostalgia as an existential resource.

@article{Routledge2011ThePM,
  title={The past makes the present meaningful: nostalgia as an existential resource.},
  author={Clay D Routledge and Jamie Arndt and Tim Wildschut and Constantine Sedikides and Claire M. Hart and Jacob Juhl and Ad Vingerhoets and Wolff Schlotz},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2011},
  volume={101 3},
  pages={638-52}
}
The present research tested the proposition that nostalgia serves an existential function by bolstering a sense of meaning in life. Study 1 found that nostalgia was positively associated with a sense of meaning in life. Study 2 experimentally demonstrated that nostalgia increases a sense of meaning in life. In both studies, the link between nostalgia and increased meaning in life was mediated by feelings of social connectedness. Study 3 evidenced that threatened meaning increases nostalgia… CONTINUE READING
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