Is there a social or cultural advantage to sentimental value? Do we benefit from having it? How?

Two recents events made me wonder about this; a family-owned restaurant near where I went to University in the 80s, and had been to many times since, recently closed and I accidently washed a paperback copy of a favourite book, a copy which was also from the early 80s, ruining it.

In both cases, I was curious WHY I felt a sense of loss; I no longer live near that restaurant and had been there maybe once in the past five years and the paperback is easily and cheaply replacable.

So, I am curious; IS there a social advantage to feeling nostalgic or giving relatively worthless items strong sentimental value (excluding family heirlooms)?

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