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Nostalgize: savor your memories

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.

J.O.T. [Just One Thing]

Through the years, many clients and students have reached out for guidance and support. They came seeking encouragement and assistance with relationship challenges. They asked tough questions. They explored their role in the relationship. They enhanced their communication and conflict resolution skills.  They adopted productive mindsets that helped them enrich their marriage, family life and so many other aspects of their lives.

Adai Ad’s (JOT) Just One Thing series was developed to share short and practical relationship insights, tools and mindsets every morning (via whatsapp and social media). These are widely received all over the world.

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