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In Defense of Nostalgia

In Defense of Nostalgia

This article was originally published in Business Insider. Nostalgia has taken over our culture. The top-grossing movies of 2023 were "Barbie" and "The Super Mario Bros. Movie." "Hogwarts Legacy" and "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom" were two of the most...

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Nostalgia Can Be an Engine of Progress

Nostalgia Can Be an Engine of Progress

This article was originally published in Discourse Magazine. The journey to the past that nostalgia takes us on is really about the present and the future. A few years ago, I attended a presentation by a professor who studies scientific, medical and technological...

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Latest RESEARCH

Hope in America

Hope in America

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Hope is a critical component of individual and societal flourishing, and it plays an important role in advancing human progress. When people are hopeful, they are more driven, resilient, open-minded, creative, innovative, and effective at solving problems.

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Nostalgia in America

Nostalgia in America

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Executive Summary

The term nostalgia was coined in 1688, but it has only been in the last quarter century that scholars have begun to systematically study this phenomenon and how the human tendency to longingly reflect on past experiences influences psychological functioning.

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The Science of Hope

The Science of Hope

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Executive Summary

WHAT IS HOPE?

When people are going through tough times, they will often say, “I hope things get better soon.” People may also feel hopeful when they are dreaming about a positive future.

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