Nostalgia. We all love it. But why? Well, Biography writing service StoryTerrace reveals the health benefits of nostalgia. Furthermore it describes why nostalgia plays a big part in us wanting to document our stories. It’s a unique blend, as it’s a unique combination of thoughts which are wrapped up in emotion. Sure you can be happy and that’s cool, but when you’re nostalgic, it involves the cognitive process of remembering. Which also has emotions attached to it. Which could, have some positive influence on our health!

The stories of our lives are made up of memories and the empotions that come with them. StoryTerrace is encouraging everyone to tap into nostalgia, Rutger Bruining, an authority on nostalgia, shares his views on why we should indulge in nostalgia a lot more:

Nostalgia makes us feel happy.

Studies have discovered that writing down a nostalgic event tends to result in positive emotions. While this can be enhanced by focusing on all the things we’ve gained in the past. Whilst turning a blind eye to the sad things we’ve gone through.

Nostalgia brings us together.

Researchers have referred nostlagia as a psychological resource. Since it can make us feel safe and loved, yet, when you start to remember past relationships and lost loved ones. A feeling of bittersweet can accompany nostalgia.  Therefore when we feel such strong emotions like nostalgia, we often seek comfort in those close to us.

Nostalgia warms our hearts AND our bodies.

In 2012, scientific studies discovered that listening to nostalgic music caused participants ambient temperature to rise. Therefore the nostalgia made them feel warmer. Which as a result made them more tolerant to the cold, when they asked to dip their hand in ice water. The study’s volunteers also felt more nostalgic on cold days. Since it helped their bodies regulate temperature.

Looking at the past gives us hope for the future.

Nostalgia can help us remind ourselves that there’s good in the world. As it helps us look to the future. As the volunteers were introduced to nostalgic words, in response to this they reported that they felt a bright future ahead.

Reminiscing supplies our lives with meaning.

Taking into account the above, according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, nostalgia can help with people deal with the fear of mortality. By making individuals feel as though their lives are meaningful, nostalgia can help to overcome hardships and give our lives purpose.


“Emotionally connecting with your younger self helps you maintain a sense of continuity over time. Without memory, we would have no identity. The experiences you’ve had throughout your life help define who you are at any given moment. Here at StoryTerrace, we understand entirely that a sense of connectivity to our pasts is vital for our mental health and wellbeing—and preserving and reminiscing on our own life stories is so important to our happiness. Documenting memories and the emotions attached to them allow us to share and reminisce on our personal tales – and everyone has a story worth sharing.” CEO and Founder of StoryTerrace, Rutger Bruining


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Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon: What’s life like in 2384?

Altered Carbon is another one of those Netflix gems that you come across from time to time that you just cannot stop watching. So as you watch the show, you see yourself in the reflection of the Tv at 2am and wonder what your doing with your life, but you keep watching. As the show is just that good. Altered Carbon is another one of those shows. As it’s a Netflix Original, of course it is. Netflix keep smashing it out of the park!

Altered Carbon is a tv show which is created by Laeta Kalogridis, based on a 2002 novel of the same name. The novel is written by English author Richard K Morgan. The first season of Altered Carbon is 10 beautiful episodes long. Furthermore the show premiered on Netflix on February 2nd 2o18.

Altered Carbon: Plot

So, why is Altered Carbon so good? Well, the series takes place over 350 years in the future, in a year neither you or I will be alive. The year 2384. Therefore, there’s going to be some really cool stuff going on in 2384 right? Well, of course there is! In this super cool future, a person’s memories can be kept in a disk shaped device called a cortical stack. Consequently this cortical stack, is implanted in the vertebrae at the back of a person’s neck. As of course it is. These memory storing devices are of alien design, reverse engineered and even mass produced.

The human body as we know it have now become ‘sleeves’ for the memories and are used as vessels. Which therefore means that any ‘sleeve’ or ‘vessel’ can accept any stack that’s implanted into it. We follow Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman) a political operative with mercenary skills. We follow his life as he wakes up after 250 years after his previous sleeve was deleted. Kovacs is given a choice. The choice to spend the rest of time. (Noticed I said time and not life) In prison for his crimes, (he previously was involved in an unsuccessful uprising attempt to defeat the new world order)  or help solve the murder of Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy) Bancroft just so happens to be one of the most wealthiest men of the ‘settled’ worlds.

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