Nostalgia is literally the result of a pattern...a brain pattern.
Aural, tactile, olfactory and/or visual stimuli trigger neurons in the amygdala. The emotional seat of the brain.
A certain song, a certain perfume, old photographs can all trigger nostalgia.
At one time nostalgia was considered a mental illness. A form of melancholy.
In fact, the word nostalgia is a combination of 2 Greek words which translate into: homecoming...and pain.
Nowadays, we think of nostalgia as a good thing.
When we look back on our lives, the old days often seem better than 'now'.
In fact, there's a direct inverse correlation to how bad 'now' is to how good 'yesterday' looks.
In trying times, almost everyone reverts to moonwalking back down memory lane.
It hurts so good.
Created: Feb 21, 2014saintmaker Document Media