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Past forward: Nostalgia as a motivational force

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Nostalgia has endured a negative reputation, being branded an unhealthy preoccupation with one's past. This reputation is unwarranted. Nostalgia has remarkable implications for one's future. It strengthens approach orientation, raises optimism, evokes inspiration, boosts creativity, and kindles prosociality. Far from reflecting escapism from the present, nostalgia potentiates an attainable future.

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Sedikides, C. and Wildschut, R. (2016) Past forward: Nostalgia as a motivational force Trends in Cognitive Sciences, pp. 1-3. (doi:10.1016/j.tics.2016.01.008).

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Accepted/In Press date: 28 January 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 18 February 2016
Keywords: nostalgia, motivation, optimism, inspiration, creativity, prosociality
Organisations: Human Wellbeing


Local EPrints ID: 388054
ISSN: 1364-6613
PURE UUID: aedc2554-8231-4a7d-b6b5-da1fdd15b539

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Date deposited: 19 Feb 2016 11:10
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 04:28

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