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Linux_Sage
I've been watching Vsauce and ran across this video of his. I thought it was rather appropriate here.





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eddstarr
I feel nostalgia because I realized as a boy that all my experiences make up who I am. And I want to remember my experiences - it's like a built-in time machine. 
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Mr Magic
I feel nostalgia because I spend time thinking about old movies, songs and shows, day and night, night and day.
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jkatz
Mr Magic wrote :

I feel nostalgia because I spend time thinking about old movies, songs and shows, day and night, night and day.
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Rick Ace Rhodes
I feel Nostalgia because I like learning about the past and talking about it today.
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Jrs1991
Nerves.
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Mr Magic
I feel nostalgia because I brag about how things were better than they are today.

Pretty soon, I'll be saying "whippersnapper".

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DirtyD79
To me it's a way of coping with stress by remembering simpler happier times. Like when My Great Aunt Rose died a few months ago the service and the wake were in a church and a VFW in one of the neighborhoods I lived in as a kid. It helped me remember happier times and doing things like riding my bike down to this one park or playing with some of the other kids in the neighborhood. I saw one of the houses I lived in and it reminded me of me and my brother playing with our GI Joes at the bottom of the staircase or the time this one kid down the street turned his basement into a haunted house and we all ended up pretending to be Jason, Freddy Krueger, monsters and zombies. Seeing and talking to my relatives at the wake helped me remember the things I did with them. It was almost like it brought back the ones who have died if only in my memories. It helped to take a lot of the pain away. 

To me nostalgia isn't just about stuff, it's also about the people in your life, the places you've been, and the things you've done. That's the kind of articles I like reading on nostalgia sites. Articles about how whatever it is the writer is talking about affected them. What memories it brings them.    
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Mr Magic
That was wonderful, DirtyD. Thinking of the good memories to help cope with the pain.
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Vaporman87
DirtyD79 wrote :

To me it's a way of coping with stress by remembering simpler happier times. Like when My Great Aunt Rose died a few months ago the service and the wake were in a church and a VFW in one of the neighborhoods I lived in as a kid. It helped me remember happier times and doing things like riding my bike down to this one park or playing with some of the other kids in the neighborhood. I saw one of the houses I lived in and it reminded me of me and my brother playing with our GI Joes at the bottom of the staircase or the time this one kid down the street turned his basement into a haunted house and we all ended up pretending to be Jason, Freddy Krueger, monsters and zombies. Seeing and talking to my relatives at the wake helped me remember the things I did with them. It was almost like it brought back the ones who have died if only in my memories. It helped to take a lot of the pain away. 

To me nostalgia isn't just about stuff, it's also about the people in your life, the places you've been, and the things you've done. That's the kind of articles I like reading on nostalgia sites. Articles about how whatever it is the writer is talking about affected them. What memories it brings them.    
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Very well said DD. Like you, I really enjoy those articles that explore the personal feelings and memories associated with whatever the subject may be. Sounds like you were able to get through a rough patch with a little help from good memories. I'm glad to hear that. 
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Linux_Sage
As for me, I get nostalgic for all the things I enjoyed as a kid. The things that triggers the memories of me being a carefree kid just living life. Such as classic Nintendo, music of the 80s, taking trips to the beach because it reminds me of the days when my parents used to take us to trips in Pensacola, etc. Just basically a whole lot of things which tend to trigger dormant memories and start pondering the good ol' days.
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