Nostalgia and Temporal Life Satisfaction

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1749–1762
Journal / PublicationJournal of Happiness Studies
Volume19
Issue number6
Online published3 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018

Abstract

Recent research has shown that nostalgia, an apparently past-oriented emotion, may render the present self more positive and promote a brighter outlook on the future. The current study examined whether experimentally induced nostalgia would impact the levels of and associations among past, present, and future life satisfaction. Among 250 university students (86 males and 164 females, aged 16–26 years), nostalgia was manipulated through the recollection of nostalgic (vs. ordinary) events. In support of our hypotheses, the results showed that nostalgic experiences not only led to a larger contrast between past life satisfaction versus present and future life satisfaction, but also weaker associations between past and future life satisfaction and between present and future life satisfaction. Overall, the findings suggest that nostalgic experiences can render more distinct judgements on temporal life satisfaction.

Research Area(s)

  • Measurement invariance, Nostalgia, Temporal life satisfaction

Citation Format(s)

Nostalgia and Temporal Life Satisfaction. / Ye, Shengquan; Ng, Ting Kin; Lam, Chui Ling.

In: Journal of Happiness Studies, Vol. 19, No. 6, 08.2018, p. 1749–1762.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal