You might have noticed that I blog about the past quite a lot.
It’s pretty clear, I love to share memories of happy times! For example, just in the past couple of months I’ve written posts about:
- memories from my childhood;
- my passion for roller skating as a teenager;
- the early days of our courtship in the late 1980s.
I even have a whole category for these types of posts, called “Down Memory Lane“.
I just hope I’m not on a fast track to becoming one of those boring old people that starts every sentence with “I remember when …”!
However, I’m hoping my readers enjoy my reminiscing and that it inspires a few great memories of their own. (And as for my younger readers – yes, I’m talking about YOU – Mr 27 and Miss 24 – love that you are my most enthusiastic followers! Fingers crossed you enjoy reading what life was like, and what your mum and dad got up to, even before you were born).
Remembering the Good Times is GOOD for you!
The husbear is convinced that part of the reason I have such a sunny outlook on life, is that I regularly remember the good times as I trawl through all our old photos, looking for the perfect pic to add to blog posts.
He’s a pretty smart cookie, and as it turns out – he is right!
According to research, looking at photos and remembering the good times is actually of great benefit to our overall health and wellbeing.
I love this quote from Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project” (a book that’s well worth a read, if you haven’t already):
One of the best ways to make yourself happy in the present is to recall happy times from the past. Photos are a great memory-prompt, and because we tend to take photos of happy occasions, they weight our memories to the good.
Another article suggests that remembering the good times can have a positive effect on your marriage; and it can also help us to put the bad times into perspective, reminding us that “this too shall pass”.
Don’t you love it when science confirms something you’ve always felt deep down inside?
When was the last time you went through some old photos and remembered the good times?!