Channelling Proust: Naturally Nostalgic People Are Happier

07/10/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011
  • Marina Krakovsky

For Proust it was a bite of a buttery madeleine; for some, it's the taste of a gooey Mallomar. And for you, it might be a few notes of "Yellow Submarine" or the sight of a little girl stacking Legos that catapults your mind decades into the past. Under the right conditions, the tiniest trigger can unleash a flood of sunny memories in even the least sentimental among us.