May 15, 2019
Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.
I was sorry to learn of the passing of Doris Day the other day. I have always enjoyed her music and her movies. She was, and continues to be a source of great pleasure for me.
A friend asked me the other day how I could stay happy with all the turmoil going on in Washington and around the world. I did not respond other than I don’t want to let things I can’t correct take me down. In truth I find solace in nostalgia. I have an Amazon Focus next to my bed that often hears me ask it to play my saved music from years ago. Doris as well as Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Ella Fitzgerald and the like often lull me to sleep. I also have a Internet Radio tuned to an old time radio feed that allows me to rejoin the sounds of yesteryear. And of course my DVR is loaded with recorded movies from the Turner Classic Movie feed.
Yep, nostalgia is my comfort and allows me to relive some of my good times. Here are some excerpts from Wikipedia on the benefits of remembering the past.
Although nostalgia is often triggered by negative feelings, it results in increasing one’s mood and heightening positive emotions, which can stem from feelings of warmth or coping resulting from nostalgic reflections. One way to improve mood is to effectively cope with problems that hinder one’s happiness. Batcho found that nostalgia proneness positively related to successful methods of coping throughout all stages—planning and implementing strategies, and reframing the issue positively. These studies led to the conclusion that the coping strategies that are likely among nostalgia prone people often lead to benefits during stressful times.
Nostalgia serves as a coping mechanism and helps people to feel better about themselves. Vess et al. found that the subjects who thought of nostalgic memories showed a greater accessibility of positive characteristics than those who thought of exciting future experiences.
Nostalgia paints a smile on the stony face of the past.
He said: While I was visiting my sister one evening, I took out a candy dispenser that was shaped like a miniature person. “How does that thing work?” she asked.
As I turned the figurine’s arm to pop candy out, my sister laughed. “I see it’s a lot like my husband,” she said. “You have to twist his arm to get anything out of him.”
Middle-aged wife to husband at computer: “Yes, honey, I think you can safely assume that a romantic e-mail from Lady Gaga is a prank.”
Nathan is talking to his lawyer. “Here’s the deal, Abe. If you’re absolutely sure I’ll win the case, I’ll give you the business.”
“OK,” replies Abe, “but before I can give you my opinion, I obviously need to know the facts.”
So Nathan goes into great detail about his failed partnership and ends up saying, “So now you’ve heard everything, do you think I can sue my partner and get my money back?”
“Well,” replies Abe, “from what I’ve just heard, it’s clear to me that you will win. It’s rare to have such an open-and-shut case.”
Nathan goes very white when he hears this.
“What’s the matter?” asks Abe.
“I told you my partner’s side of the case,” replies Nathan.
“Whatever you’re ready for is ready for you.”
Mark Victor Hansen
He said: The computer company my wife works for distributed a corporate clothing catalogue that included a pair of cuff links. One was inscribed Ctrl (control) and the other Esc (escape), just as they look on a computer keyboard. “They would make a good present for any man,” my wife commented to a colleague, “if only to remind him of the two things he can never have.”
“If you’re being chased by a police dog, try not to go through a tunnel, then on to a little seesaw, then jump through a hoop of fire. They’re trained for that.”
When you have three boys, it’s hard to know whom to blame if something goes wrong in the house.
One father explained to a friend how he solved the problem: “I send all three to bed without letting them watch television. In the morning I go after the one with the black eye!”
Treat each day as your last, one day you will be right.
At the urging of his doctor, John moved to Arizona.
After settling in, he met a neighbor who was also an older man.
“Say, is this really a healthy place?”
“It sure is,” the man replied.
“When I first arrived here I couldn’t say one word. I had hardly any hair on my head. I didn’t have the strength to walk across a room and I had to be lifted out of bed.”
“That’s wonderful!” said John. “How long have you been here?”
“I was born here.”
Looking back is a way to sharpen the focus on the things you want to change in your life. I think there’s something about nostalgia that really puts a fine point on the here-and-now, and that can be incredibly fascinating and interesting and engaging for the mind.
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