Telling Their Life Stories, Older Adults Find Peace Susan B. Garlan
… Research by many gerontologists — including James E. Birren, who created the discipline of guided autobiography — has found that reminiscing can improve the confidence of older adults. By recalling how they overcame past struggles, they are better able to confront new challenges, …
"Most psychologists agree that if you define wisdom as maintaining positive well-being and kindness in the face of challenges, it is one of the most important qualities one can possess to age successfully..."
What Kids Learn From Hearing Family Stories Elaine Reese
"Over the last 25 years, a small canon of research on family storytelling shows that when parents share more family stories with their children—especially when they tell those stories in a detailed and responsive way—their children benefit in a host of ways..."
Tell the Story of Your Life in Just Six Words Six Word Memoirs Larry Smith Online Video
The following three links tell the story of the Six Word Memoir project developed by Larry Smith. Hear of the origins of the 6 word memoir and the boardwalk talks with Smitty "the mayor of his section" and how a simple request lead to a movement of capturing people's stories in just 6 words. Larry delivers and encourages the use of 6 words to heal, build community, collaborate and connect. Example of 6....Small idea with big lasting effect!