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The final two studies found that nostalgia is able to not only create meaning, but buffer threats to meaning by breaking the connection between a lack of meaning and one's well being.

Batcho (2013) found that nostalgia proneness positively related to successful methods of coping throughout all stages—planning and implementing strategies, and reframing the issue positively.

These studies led to the conclusion that the coping strategies that are likely among nostalgia prone people often lead to benefits during stressful times.

One notable recent medical study has looked at the physiological effects thinking about past 'good' memories can have.

They found that thinking about the past 'fondly' actually increased perceptions of physical warmth.

Occasional nostalgia has been found to have many functions, such as to improve mood, increase social connectedness, enhance positive self-regard, and provide existential meaning.Many nostalgic reflections serve more than one function, and overall seem to benefit those who experience them.In a 2014 study conducted by Routledge, he and a team observed that the more people reported having major disruptions and uncertainties in their lives, the more they nostalgically longed for the past.Routledge suggests that by invoking the idea of an idealized past, politicians can provoke the social and cultural anxieties and uncertainties that make nostalgia especially attractive — and effective — as a tool of political persuasion.Nostalgia can be connected to more focus on coping strategies and implementing them, thus increasing support in challenging times.Nostalgia also sometimes involves memories of people you were close to, and thus it can increase one's sense of social support and connections.Additionally, in a second study conducted, some participants were exposed to nostalgic engagement and reflection while the other group was not.