With all the demands we have on our time and the many options we have on any spare time we might have, why would you want to spend some of that precious time on a story project? Here are a few reasons that I came up with:
- preserve & share living memory
- connect with family members
- strengthen family relationships
- understand yourself better
- share family values
- increase self-esteem
- improve resilience
- uncover forgotten stories and people
Emory University did a remarkable study that showed a connection between teens knowing their family’s stories and the sense of well-being.
This is powerful stuff. I knew that family stories were important but I had no idea that they have such a vital role in helping us to live happier more productive lives. That is reason enough for me. What about you? What is your reason for doing story projects?