With thousands of people participating in the social media trend #ThrowbackThursday (#TBT), over 100 million photos have been posted. It's the practice of sharing old photographs, lyrics, and links to songs along with the memories behind them. It has taken Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like by storm.
Have you joined in the fun yet?
You should join in the fun because nostalgia has benefits. Pondering over fond memories makes you feel better. Take a soothing bath in those times when you felt happy, protected, and loved. According to Hepper, Ritchie, Sedkikdes, and Wildschut (2012), the strength you gain from these positive memories can have the following effect:
- improve your self-concept
- boost your mood
- feel accepted
- help you make connections between the then and the now
You can conjure up fond memories by looking at old photos, listening to old songs, smelling an aroma, touching an object, and/or tasting a food item or drink.
One day I visited an antique store, and as I opened the door, a damp, musty odor kissed my face. To someone else, the damp, musty odor could have been an offensive odor--a slap in the face. But that odor was pleasant to me because it reminded me of my grandmother’s basement. She had an old wringer washing machine. After the rinse cycle, she had to put each piece of clothing through the wringer to expel as much of the water as she could. We would have long chats as she did this. Then we would head outside so she could hang the clothes on the clothes lines to dry in the warm summer sun. It was there that I sat in the grass or picked flowers. When I think about those memories, I feel accepted, and it makes me feel happy.
Participating in #TBT is easy:
Participating in #TBT is easier than you think.
- Select a picture that was taken at least five years ago (one associated with fond memories)
- Post it on your favorite social media site
- Write a brief description of the nostalgic memory
Note that social media is not the only way to participate in #TBT. Start a #TBT scrapbook. Each Thursday, select an old photo that generates fond memories. Insert the photo into a scrapbook (make it or buy it). Then write about the fond memories centered around the photo. Before you know it, you'll have completed the scrapbook.
What fond memories do you have of what you saw, heard, smelled, tasted, or touched? This is the story in you. Share it.
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Hepper, Ritchie, Sedkikdes, and Wildschut. (2012). Nostalgia. Retrieved from http://www.southampton.ac.uk/nostalgia/what_is_nostalgia/