Nostalgia has the potential to lift people’s spirits, make them feel more connected to others, and heighten the sense that life has continuity and meaning. Studies have shown that nostalgia can counteract boredom and anxiety, can motivate people to work toward goals, and is linked to increased generosity and tolerance.
Go through your trove of photos and videos of vacations, outings, and celebrations that you’d never had time to go through. Remember the good times.
The healthiest way to nostalgize is not to pine for the past—“Those were better days”—but rather to savor those memories as a treasure that can’t be taken away.
Go through your digital photos and choose some to print or make into photo books. Talk about them as you select them. (You may want to add a few images from Google to remember certain locations if you didn’t get good photos.)
Share with your spouse and your children about your childhood memories or family stories about grandparents and ancestors and extended family. Create a family tree; it doesn’t have to be fancy; just enough to explain who is who.
Shabbos and Yom Tov can be a great time to share stories and look through old photos.