Thursday, September 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday: It's Good for You, 9/18/2014

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. 

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.

This picture of a wallet I've had for over 50 years generates fond memories. It has lived in three dressers and in five states. I have never been tempted to get rid of it because it reminds me of what a great family I had growing up. 

One summer, Daddy, Mama, Susie, Mark, Michael, and I went to Mackinaw Island. My Uncle Ronald had a summer job there, so my father decided to take our family to visit him and see the Island for our first time. My siblings and I probably ranged in age from 7- 2 years old. We were excited about going on a family vacation, and when we arrived, Mackinaw seemed like a different world. I remember being fascinated by the horse-driven carriages.
My father gave us some money to buy souvenirs. I chose to buy the wallet. If you look closely at the right side of the wallet, you’ll see a slight discoloration. It’s from from the juice of a peach I ate. Even though it was such a long time ago, I remember it because I was so disappointed that the peach juice had “ruined” my wallet.

The wallet will continue to live in the bottom of my belt drawer. Over the years, I have re-discovered it over and over again when I am looking for a belt. Each time I take it out, I remember how safe and loved I felt as a child.

What fond memories do you have when you look at something from your childhood? This is the story in you. Share it. 

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Hepper, Ritchie, Sedkikdes, and Wildschut. (2012). Nostalgia. Retrieved from

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