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.
When I was a young child sitting with my siblings listening to him share his stories, I was a little haunted by the idea that he might have had to kill someone. On one occasion, either one of my siblings or I was brave enough to ask, "Daddy, did you kill anyone when you were in the war?"
"No, I never had to kill anyone. My troop was assigned to guard a bridge in Germany," he replied. This was comforting to know. After that, I could listen to Daddy's army stories with a sigh of relief. And looking at his old army pictures today, I am thankful that his mission did not require him to take a life.
When Daddy came home from the army, he married Mama. They were neighbors, growing up just three houses away from each other. My grandparents were great friends, and my aunts and uncles on both sides of our families were childhood friends. I value my unique family. We were one big and happy family.
What fond memories do you have of your childhood? This is the story in you. Share it.
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Hepper, Ritchie, Sedkikdes, and Wildschut. (2012). Nostalgia. Retrieved fromhttp://www.southampton.ac.uk/nostalgia/what_is_nostalgia/