Nostalgia and Temporal Life Satisfaction

Shengquan Ye*, Ting Kin Ng, Chui Ling Lam

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1749-1762
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Happiness Studies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Measurement invariance
  • Nostalgia
  • Temporal life satisfaction


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