phart010 1,631 Member · Posted September 30, 2020 Share Posted September 30, 2020 (edited) This idea has been on my mind today and I had what I feel is an epiphany moment so just wanted to share thoughts. Memories are information about past events stored in our brain. The types of information associated with these events are: -what we saw -what we were thinking -what happened -what we heard -how we felt I was just reflecting on my kids.. my baby daughter, like most other babies is always happy. That is her default condition, there are no complex thoughts that can enable her to feel any other way. She doesn’t understand language, so I think that all of her memories that are being stored are simply visual and feeling information (what she sees and the happiness she feels). Even her older sisters who are now in school are generally always happy. Sure they have upset or jealous moments, but they are kids and since every experience is pretty new for them, everything they do is pretty exciting and in general they are mostly very happy. So most of the memories they are storing now are happy memories. When you go down memory lane, you can relive your memories. If memories from when you were younger are typically associated with feelings of happiness (because young kids are typically pretty happy by default) then maybe this is why nostalgia makes us happy. Maybe we are simply remembering the way we felt when we were younger which happened to be much happier than we are as adults Edited September 30, 2020 by phart010 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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