The negative aspects of life can, over time, take a toll on a relationship. Reminiscing about better times may, in the start, help to alleviate such pains, but such reminiscing can also serve as a poignant reminder of the current issues and hardships at hand. A better way to help mend a relationship broken in this manner can be the reassessment of partners’ aspirations and how they have morphed over time. Nostalgia can act as an emotional painkiller, relieving and at least partially nullifying negative emotions.
- The inevitable negative experiences of life can accumulate and place a damper on a relationship.
- Reminiscing about better times can be helpful in the beginning, but it can also be a reminder of current issues.
- Nostalgia can nullify or lessen emotions of despair and can ameliorate one’s emotional state.
“Even if a relationship ultimately falls apart, as when one partner abandons the other, nostalgia can be helpful in restoring psychological well-being in the aftermath. After the initial shock, the one left behind can feel lonely, depressed, stressed, and angry.”