By Marilu Isabelle.
“No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever...”
~ JK Rowling.
World Story-telling Day on the 20th March is a perfect opportunity to cosy up to your favourite book or think up some magical stories for the special little ones in your life.
It’s also a time to consider the benefits of story-telling. Many studies have been made into the psychological and therapeutic effects of story-telling. There have also been links in how it improves memory and mood. As individuals, we can use personal stories to motivate and connect to our listener. A famous and masterful story-teller was Nelson Mandela. Story-telling was engrained in his experiences growing up, hearing tales from his tribal elders. His unequivocal ability to have related and uplifted others through story continues to be an inspiration.
So, how can we use the power of story in our lives? Whether you’re bursting to share one with someone or you’re about to crack open a new notebook to write, here’s some key ingredients for the perfect story-telling recipe:
A large helping of excitement
Stories told both verbally and in writing need to communicate enthusiasm for the development of the story. If you’re sharing a personal story allow that emotional glue to stick to your audience.