Guys, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s getting really cold out there. Like, really cold. The other day I wore a sweatshirt and sweatpants to bed, got under my covers and then considered adding a scarf to that mixture. Unless you live somewhere warm and tropical (in which case, may I come visit?), then you’ve probably been dealing with the same thing.
So what’s the best way to keep yourself warm and cozy this winter? I guess you could wear hats and scarves and boots and stuff, but I have a tip that’s much more fun – remembering and talking about old memories. A new study (published here) proves that the feeling of nostalgia can seriously help people feel more warm and boost cold tolerance. Researchers found that people who were told to think of nostalgic things found a cold room warmer than people who weren’t stuck down memory lane.
This is great news for me, because reminiscing on the good old days is one of my favorite things to do ever. And it totally makes sense, too. Whether I’m laughing about shared memories with a group of friends, flipping through an old photo album or just looking up awesome stuff from the ’90s, I always feel immediately more cheerful. I guess I’ve never noticed whether I feel warmer or not, but I’ve definitely noticed that it makes me feel all happy and gooey inside.
How can you use this to your advantage? There are so many ways. This is literally the perfect excuse to watch old ’80s and ’90s TV shows and movies – you’re just trying to stay warm! And, girls, I feel obligated to tell you that Netflix has The Wonder Years, My So-Called Life, Freaks and Geeks and even more ready for you to watch. My social life may have been obliterated at this discovery, but hey, at least I’m warm.
What else can you do to keep yourself warm with nostalgia? Look through photo albums, laugh about the ridiculous stuff you used to do with your friends, read our nostalgia stories (here, here, here, here, oh and here) and watch old home videos. Or just remember stuff when you’re laying in bed shivering. Trust me, you’ll thank me for this tip come January.
Are you into nostalgia? Are you going to try this tip? What old movies or TV shows would you want to watch? Tell us in the comments!