Have you got a story to tell? What is it that you have experienced in your life that perhaps you may not yet feel strong enough to share with the rest of the world?? I've got a secret for you, read on...
If your story is dark, you'd be surprised at how many people might deeply benefit from hearing it. There are many people out there looking for ways to relate to others. By sharing your story, you will create amazing connections with others. You will help them realise that they’re not alone, that there are other people out there going through the same predicaments. This will give them hope, knowing that you have grown through the same challenges. As they connect with you, you also start forming a bond, a unique kind of friendship between the people you share your stories with.
People enjoy hearing stories, which help them to understand their own truths. They help people find missing pieces to puzzles.
The secret benefit is, it will also help you!
The first ten times I wrote my story, I was still angry, trying to find blame. I kept writing and discovered some forgiveness. I kept writing and then found gratitude. I became grateful for the negative events in my life because they are what pushed me to become stronger than I ever imagined. The negative events pushed me to want a better life.
The more I wrote, the more I let go. I became less emotionally attached to my story, and more motivated to make a difference.
As I found my courage, I found my voice, and as I found my voice, I pushed myself to share my story.
Doctors could even attest to the healing power of sharing your story to others.
In 2011, a group of researchers in the U.S. conducted an experiment about the effects of storytelling on nearly 300 African-American patients suffering from high blood pressure. Half of the patients were asked to watch videos of patients telling their stories about their own experiences with hypertension. The other half received generic, impersonal videos on topics like how to deal with stress. The study found that the group that received the storytelling videos was able to maintain a drop in their blood pressure as significant as the decrease experienced by patients taking medications.
“Telling and listening to stories is the way we make sense of our lives,” said Dr. Thomas K. Houston, researcher at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester and lead author of the study. “That natural tendency may have the potential to alter behaviour and improve health.”
Since sharing my story I've discovered something special. I've received many messages from women thanking me for the small part of the story I've shared. These women were grateful to know they weren't alone. I can't tell you how rewarding this feels. Knowing I'm going to help women with this book means far more to me than any money ever will. I'm really looking forward to my book launch on October 27!
So what is your story to share?? How can you turn your negative to a positive and create an amazing positive effect on others?
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