When construction workers were pulling down a former high school in Jeffersonville, Indiana, they uncovered an old purse. What’s more, the bag’s contents seemed to practically provide a time capsule of life there in 1954. And one of the vintage treasures that was concealed inside revealed the story of a heartwarming teenage romance.
Many adults look back fondly on their school days. In fact, in a 2015 survey reported by The Guardian, 50 percent of the respondents thought of their years in education as their happiest times. And as a result, reunions remain a popular way for people to reconnect with their pasts and swap memories with their former classmates. But what’s the cause of all this nostalgia?
Well, our tendency to place so much emphasis on our formative years may well be down to biology. The memories that we have held onto for the longest amount of time actually become our strongest, you see. And it’s for that reason that someone with Alzheimer’s may remember decades-old details but otherwise struggle to recall events that took place earlier that day.