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Why Do We Feel Nostalgia?

I am often struck by nostalgia fever for all the rad stuff that came out in the 80s and 90s, be it movies and TV shows, music, toys, art, fashion or otherwise.

Even though I can't explain why I love it all so much I've always assumed it had something to do with my childhood, and the fact that the 21st century has been a real disappointment in comparison.

So when I saw this animated TED talk by Clay Routledge I figured I'd see where the nostalgia factor in my life comes from, and that's when I discovered it was first seen as an illness and later linked to depression.

But now we know nostalgia ain't a bad thing, and when people feel nostalgia it can "help increase their feelings of self-esteem and social belonging, encourage psychological growth and even make them act more charitably".

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