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Romantic Nostalgia as a Resource for Healthy Relationships

Romantic Nostalgia as a Resource for Healthy Relationships
Romantic Nostalgia as a Resource for Healthy Relationships
Nostalgia is an emotion that confers psychological benefits. The literature has neglected romantic nostalgia—that is, nostalgia specifically for past experiences shared with one’s partner—and its potential advantages for relationships. We examined romantic nostalgia in one correlational study, two experiments, and one daily diary study (N = 638). Romantic nostalgia was positively associated with greater relationship commitment, satisfaction, and closeness (Study 1). Additionally, inducing romantic nostalgia via a writing task (Study 2) or music (Study 3) strengthened relational benefits. Finally, participants reported more positive relationship-specific experiences on days when they felt greater romantic nostalgia (Study 4). We discuss contributions to the nostalgia and relationships literatures.
closeness, commitment, relationship satisfaction, romantic nostalgia, romantic relationships
0265-4075
2181-2206
Evans, Nicholas D
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Hepper, Erica G
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Evans, Nicholas D, Juhl, Jacob, Hepper, Erica G, Wildschut, Tim, Sedikides, Constantine and Fetterman, Adam (2022) Romantic Nostalgia as a Resource for Healthy Relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 39 (7), 2181-2206. (doi:10.1177/02654075221075773).

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Nostalgia is an emotion that confers psychological benefits. The literature has neglected romantic nostalgia—that is, nostalgia specifically for past experiences shared with one’s partner—and its potential advantages for relationships. We examined romantic nostalgia in one correlational study, two experiments, and one daily diary study (N = 638). Romantic nostalgia was positively associated with greater relationship commitment, satisfaction, and closeness (Study 1). Additionally, inducing romantic nostalgia via a writing task (Study 2) or music (Study 3) strengthened relational benefits. Finally, participants reported more positive relationship-specific experiences on days when they felt greater romantic nostalgia (Study 4). We discuss contributions to the nostalgia and relationships literatures.

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Accepted/In Press date: 7 January 2022
Published date: June 2022
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © The Author(s) 2022.
Keywords: closeness, commitment, relationship satisfaction, romantic nostalgia, romantic relationships

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Local EPrints ID: 454349
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/454349
ISSN: 0265-4075
PURE UUID: 676a2cf4-fa42-44bf-914c-9381903bfd3d
ORCID for Constantine Sedikides: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4036-889X

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Date deposited: 07 Feb 2022 17:55
Last modified: 19 Aug 2022 01:35

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Author: Nicholas D Evans
Author: Jacob Juhl
Author: Erica G Hepper
Author: Tim Wildschut
Author: Adam Fetterman

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