The amazing ways nostalgia changes the brain

It's a lot more than a pleasant feeling!

Stars Insider

21/01/21 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE Science

A scientific study in 2017 determined that nostalgia is one of the 27 core emotions that human beings experience. Of course, nostalgia is that wistful feeling we get when we think back to a happy time or memory. It’s different from simply remembering because it comes with warm feelings and a sense of longing.

Nostalgia can be triggered by a song that brings you back to a specific time in your life, or a smell that reminds you of holidays when you were a child, among so many other examples. These are natural human experiences that we don’t really question, but there’s a whole lot happening in our brains in those moments.

Click through this gallery to learn more about nostalgia and the amazing ways it benefits us.

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