How Nostalgia Relieves Pain
Psychology Today | Christopher Bergland | March 2nd 2022
Sometimes, nostalgia makes people feel sad. But when it evokes positive emotions, feeling nostalgic boosts mood and can alleviate pain. New fMRI-based...
Creating an Oral History of Your Family: Step by Step
Wall Street Journal | Barbara Sadick | November 14th 2020
Many of us think about preserving a piece of family history by making a video or audio recording of precious stories told by a parent, grandparent or other relative. But there’s a lot more to...
Telling Their Life Stories, Older Adults Find Peace in Looking Back
New York Times | Susan B. Garland | December 9th 2016
ISABELLA S. BICK’S parents, both Jewish physicians, never talked about the past after the family moved from Fascist Italy to the United States in 1939. She was 8 at the time and quickly learned it was...
Have a Story to Tell? Your Personal Memoirist Is Here
New York Times | Alina Tugend | August 31st 2016
Isaac Ehrlich, 74, wanted his children and future generations to know the story of his mother, Sonia. Her life story is woven through the tragedies of the 20th century. She lost 40 relatives in the...
The Stories That Bind Us
New York Times | Bruce Feiler | March 15th 2013
I hit the breaking point as a parent a few years ago. It was the week of my extended family’s annual gathering in August, and we were struggling with assorted crises. My parents were aging; my wife and I were...
Helping Older Adults Find Meaning and Purpose Through Storytelling
Katie Scott, BSN, RN; and Jacqueline Kayler DeBrew, PhD, APRN, BC
The purpose of this article is to describe a storytelling project that was designed to help community-dwelling older adults find meaning and
Studies and Research that Prove the Benefits of Family History
Inspire Family History | Shenley Puterbaugh
This study was done by Marshall Duke and Robyn Fivush of Emory University and Jennifer Bohanek of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They studied...
Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart
You can’t skip chapters, that’s not how life works. You have to read every line, meet every character. You won’t enjoy all of it. Hell, some chapters will make you cry for weeks. You will read things you don’t want to read, you will have moments when you don’t want the pages to end. But you have to keep going. Stories keep the world revolving. Live yours, don’t miss out.
Oriah Mountain Dreamer
It doesn't interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.
It doesn't interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive...
I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning… to the end.
He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years...