Stories can be very healing, and many people benefit from getting the opportunity to pass on their experience to others. This can be especially powerful for people who do not always feel that they have the chance to help others. Resilience is strengthened by recognizing that we are all experts in our own lives, and we all have something to share with others.
It is not just the telling or writing it down but knowing that what you write will be read by others and the hope that by sharing in a public way, someone else might be inspired or helped by your story.
Another piece of this is starting to understand that words can have power—positive power—on others.
What is the difference between someone who has achieved resilience and someone who has not? One important difference is a sense of well-being. People who have found their voice, shared their story, and reaffirmed their values often find a sense of peace and a hopefulness that they did not have before.
Excerpts from Sherry Hamby, Ph.D.,
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