Remember how winter felt when you were a kid? The exciting feeling of the first "snow day" of the year. The warm, sweet, creamy first sip of hot cocoa after a snowball fight. The carefree delight of ice skating with your friends.
Those were the good old days. Why did things seem so good, so simple back then?
The answer is simple: nostalgia.
Defined as "a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations," psychologists have recently begun studying nostalgia, and have found some impressive positive effects.
According to TEDEd, "Studies have shown that inducing nostalgia in people can help increase their feelings of self-esteem and social belonging, encourage psychological growth, and even make them act more charitably."
Wow. That's the power of nostalgia.
In our efforts to improve our clients' office culture, creating workplaces where employees actually enjoy coming to work, we've started using nostalgia as one of our strategies for improving relationships and feelings on teams and in the office.
John Tierney of The New York Times writes, "Nostalgia has been shown to counteract loneliness, boredom and anxiety. It makes people more generous to strangers and more tolerant of outsiders."
And—want to hear something crazy?
"On cold days, or in cold rooms, people use nostalgia to literally feel warmer." That's why, this winter, we're putting our clients on ice.
Ice Skating: the best new idea for your company event.
Nostalgia is a powerful and positive force, which companies can tap into to motivate their employees and improve relationships throughout the workplace. According to TEDEd experts, "By allowing individuals to remember personally meaningful and rewarding experiences they shared with others, nostalgia can boost psychological well-being."
That's why we've created games, activities, and an off-ice experience that make an inclusive, engaging event that will add a memorable highlight to the winter months.
"Nostalgia can be a restorative way of coping with [stress]," says TEDEd. And that's exactly what we're going for. Aren't you?
Interested in learning more about our nostalgic ice skating, curling, or bowling events? Leave us a comment below and we'll get in touch!