The power of the past: Nostalgia as a meaning-making resource

@article{Routledge2012ThePO,
  title={The power of the past: Nostalgia as a meaning-making resource},
  author={Clay D Routledge and Tim Wildschut and Constantine Sedikides and Jacob Juhl and Jamie Arndt},
  journal={Memory},
  year={2012},
  volume={20},
  pages={452 - 460}
}
In three experiments we tested whether nostalgia bolsters meaning in life relative to two other modes of autobiographical thought: imagining a desired future experience and recalling a positive past experience. In Experiment 1 participants thought about a nostalgic or desired future experience and then completed a presence of meaning scale. Thinking about a nostalgic (compared to desired future) experience increased perceived presence of meaning. In Experiment 2 we examined whether nostalgia… 
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