The Magical Power of Stories!
I attend the weekly meetings of a club known as The Tuesday Club. The core purpose of the club is to improve public speaking.
One of the members, Shevlin Sebastian, always uses his speaking time to narrate some intriguing stories, so it’s a pleasure to listen to him and I always eagerly look forward to what he has to say.
He is a journalist and says that many people vividly remember pieces he has written over a decade ago. He credits this to the magical power of stories and the impact they can have on our brains.
We all know that stories can transport us into another world and make us lose track of our time and concerns.
However, when we are under the spell of a good story, some other interesting things begin to happen to our brain and body.
When we hear facts, the language processing centres in our brains get activated. Whereas, when we hear stories — the sensory, visual and motor areas of the brain also get activated, and our body reacts as if we are experiencing it ourselves.
Stories have the power to entertain, educate, expand our minds, build empathy and help us become better individuals.
In my own life, reading books and biographies have helped me expand my perspective and treat people in my life with more compassion and understanding.
While you can find good stories in books, movies, and TV-shows, for those of you that may be unfamiliar, I’d like to call your attention to a wonderful storytelling platform called The Moth.
The Moth is a 20+ year old platform based in New York where participants tell intensely personal, deeply moving, humorous and witty stories in front of an audience. The tag line of the Moth is true stories told live.
The Moth has a podcast and an official YouTube channel, where you can find hundreds of entertaining and gripping stories that are typically less than 15 minutes.
Here are a couple of stories from The Moth that’s been a real pleasure to listen to and are definitely worth checking out. Enjoy!🙂
George Lombardi: Mission to India
A funny tale of a young doctor who is whisked halfway across the globe to care for a world-famous religious icon and a Nobel Peace Prize Winner.
Kimberly Reed: Life Flight
A woman is forced to make a trip to her hometown and reveal her true identity which she has kept as a secret from her brother and old friends.
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