There may be another way to keep cozy besides sweaters and blankets as the temperatures slink lower: Reminiscing on fond memories could also help to keep you warm, a new study suggests.
The study, published in the journal Emotion, shows that nostalgia can actually help us to feel warmer and boost our cold tolerance, researchers said.
"Our study has shown that nostalgia serves a homeostatic function, allowing the mental simulation of previously enjoyed states, including states of bodily comfort," study researcher Dr. Tim Wildschut, of the University of Southampton, said in a statement. The study included several experiments conducted by Wildschut and colleagues from Tilburg University and Sun Yat-Sen University. One of them involved asking study participants to keep a record of times they felt nostalgia during a 30-day period. The researchers found a link between feelings of nostalgia and colder days.