Researchers want to develop therapies that elicit specific memories in order to improve mental wellness.
Testing a nostalgic versus ordinary memory’s effect on happiness
Some researchers’ long-term goal of harnessing and deploying strategies to elicit nostalgic memories as a sort of therapy is based on the belief that nostalgia-induced bliss can build up over time. According to these experts, nostalgia can help people connect to their past, present, and even desired future selves. Furthermore, because many nostalgic recollections involve other individuals, they might help people feel connected to a larger group.