Thursday, September 25, 2014

Throwback Thursday: It's Good for You, 9/25/2014

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.

I was walking in the park the other day when I saw this sign. It reminded me of
my childhood days as a Girl Scout Brownie, Junior, and Cadette. My Aunt Brenda and her good friend Diane were my Girl Scout Cadette troop leaders. As I look back on those days as a Girl Scout, I remember it as a time when I felt happy, safe, and loved. My Girl Scout troop leaders invested their time in providing engaging activities that contributed to my self confidence and relationships with others: how to help, share, get along, and find meaning in life.

Thinking about my troop leaders makes me also think about the men and women who dedicate their time to little league sports teams. My brothers played little league football for the West Side Cubs, and my sister and I were cheerleaders for the West Side Cubs. Many men and women sacrificed their time for us. I do not remember most of their names, but I remember most of what they helped me achieve: self discipline, honesty, loyalty, courage, and good sportsmanship. I appreciate that.

As an educator and volunteer, I have learned that working with young people involves a particular mindset because the results are not always immediate. It takes forgiveness, patience, and faith—believing you will make a difference no matter what you see. So, your contribution may be to till the soil, plant the seed, water the seed, or reap the harvest. It usually takes many different people during various times in a person’s life to perform all these tasks. I am grateful for the many people who tilled, planted, watered, and reaped in my life.

What fond memories do you have when you think about 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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