Thursday, March 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday

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.

My Throwback Thursday
Shirley Temple, America’s Sweetheart, has been enjoyed by little girls for decades. How many little sisters bonded over Heidi, Bright Eyes, and Poor Little Rich Girl? My sister and I sure did. 

                                                   I am on the left, and my sister Andree is on the right

Sitting together on our couch in the den, we watched Shirley Temple movies on the weekends. My sister and I waged wars against our tears when Shirley Temple’s mother was killed by a car died. We smiled quarter moon smiles when Shirley Temple puffed up her chest, balled up her fists, and balanced her curly head atop her shoulders as she told her antagonist what she was not going to do. At times, our little fingers spread like fans across our mouths in anticipation of what Shirley Temple would do next. And we performed these actions no matter how many times we watched each Shirley Temple movie.

For as long as I can remember, Shirley Temple curls adorned our heads to complement our matching Easter outfits each year.

When I think of my sister, I think of how we bonded over going to Girl Scout meetings, selling Girl Scout calendars and cookies, going to Sunday school, selling red kool-aid at our makeshift stand, and watching Shirley Temple movies.

Oh my goodness!--what a special blessing it is to have a sister.

What memories do you have of sibling bonding (or rivalry)? 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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