Nostalgia & happy memories warm more than just the heart

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Remembering days gone by are shown to be an effective way to stay warm this winter…

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Recalling happy memories can keep you toasty this winter as research has shown indulging in a spot of nostalgia makes us feel warmer.

How lovely!

The study published in the Journal of Emotion investigated the effects of nostalgia feelings on the body's reaction to cold and perception of warmth.

The series of studies included sitting in a cold room, or participants plunging their hands into ice water.

Those people thinking happy thoughts were found to be able to withstand the cold longer or felt rooms were warmer than they were.

Dr Tim Wildschut, senior lecturer at the University of Southampton and co-author of the study, explained, 'Nostalgia is experienced frequently and virtually by everyone and we know that it can maintain psychological comfort.

For example, nostalgic reverie can combat loneliness. We wanted to take that a step further and assess whether it can also maintain physiological comfort.'

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