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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Magazine > December/January 2017 > NOSTALGIA – the new WELLBEING BOOSTER


It’s not about yearning wistfully for times long gone – celebrating the past can help you live more positively in the present

If you cheered when the new Ghostbusters remake came out, are addicted to Pokémon Go and love adult colouring books, you could be accused of living in the past. Some psychologists say this is a reaction to our increasingly stressful lives – we want to return to a time when we had no pressure or adult responsibilities – but this is not something you should be embarrassed about. In fact, experts now say nostalgia is good for our wellbeing. From fighting depression to improving your fitness, going back in time can help you build a healthier future.

‘The dictionary defines nostalgia as a sentimental longing for the past, but nostalgia is a positive thing for most people,’ says Dr Tim Wildschut, associate professor in psychology and expert in nostalgia at the University of Southampton. ‘It’s not a stuffy, past-orientated emotion, or just elderly people staring out the window. It’s an active, forward-looking, motivating emotion.’ And, it can boost our mood, raise self-esteem and help us feel more connected to others, says Dr Wildschut. It can also improve our memory, creativity and fitness.

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It's almost Christmas! Get prepared with the December/January healthy magazine, featuring wellness bloggers Zanna Van Dijk, Natasha Corrett and Carly Rowena. Find 37 festive recipes – including clean, free-from, healthy and delicious options to please everyone. Plus, two women reveal their life-changing #bestgiftever – what's yours? Keep your mind and body on track this Christmas with the new digital edition of healthy.