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60 Mindful Minutes

Dec 12, 2023

Nostalgia plays an interesting role in our lives. While many of us may consider it something we experience as we reflect on our past, this week’s guest sees it as a tool we can use to create our future. In his new book, Past Forward: How Nostalgia Can Help You Live a More Meaningful Life , Clay Routledge, PhD, guides us through a fascinating investigation into an emotion we all experience yet often misunderstand, inviting us to consider how nostalgia can have extraordinary potential to enrich our present―and our future.


Guest Bio

Clay Routledge, PhD, is a leading expert in existential psychology. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Guardian, the Atlantic, The New Yorker, Wired, Forbes, and more. He is the vice president of research and director of the Human Flourishing Lab at the Archbridge Institute. For more, visit


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Kristen Manieri is a coach who works with teams to increase both productivity and wellbeing. She also helps individuals navigate transition with clarity and confidence. Her areas of focus are: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, habit formation, rest rituals, and self-care. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 200 authors about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional and joyful life. Learn more at 


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