Nostalgia is a sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. The word nostalgia is a learned formation of a Greek compound, consisting of νόστος (nóstos), meaning "homecoming", a Homeric word, and ἄλγος (álgos), meaning "pain, ache", and was coined by a 17th-century medical student to describe the anxieties displayed by Swiss mercenaries fighting away from home. Described as a medical condition—a form of melancholy—in the Early Modern period, it became an important trope in Romanticism.
Nostalgia can refer to a general interest in the past, their
personalitiesand events, especially the "good old days" from one's
The scientific literature on nostalgia usually refers to nostalgia
regarding the personal life and has mainly studied the effects of
nostalgia induced during the studies. Smell and touch are strong evokers of nostalgia due to the processing of these stimuli first passing through the amygdala, the emotional seat of the brain. These recollections of our past are usually important events, people we care about, and places where we have spent time. Music and weather can also be strong triggers of nostalgia.
The treasures of an endless ocean lie behind some of the paintings (soul-windows) exhibited in Galleries. Those windows are not for everybody to open nor are they for everybody to cherish; yet they are there for everybody to try. I can never forget the feeling I got the first time I stood in front of such a painting which was talking to me; my own soul. It actually felt like a rabbit-hole through which, like Alice, I travelled to places that I did not know that they existed, even in my imagination. After resurfacing I was never the same...