Creating Nostalgia is Easier than you Think

creating nostalgic memoriesI like the word nostalgia and the images it evokes.  I think of my grandma’s house, her pink sinks and mint cupboards, the two pre-set tables – one for adults and one for kids, the colored plastic divided plates we always got to use, and the aroma of delicious food bubbling in the oven.  These are my memories of Sunday dinners.

Nostalgia is a wistful desire to return in our minds to a former time in our lives, our homeland, and our relationships.  It’s a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time.  (

None of our lives are perfect, and maybe that’s what makes nostalgia endearing, because we remember with fondness something that was special in our past, the ‘cream that rose to the top’ of mundane or difficult times.

What is the essence and causes of nostalgia?  Think of the input you receive from your five senses and the emotion this stirs.  Consider your own heartwarming memory. What
do you see, smell, hear, touch, and taste?  How do you feel?  Our senses are strong evokers of nostalgia because these “stimuli first pass through the amygdala, the emotional seat of the brain. Music, video games, and weather can also be strong triggers of nostalgia.” (