Brief Benefits of Storytelling: Happiness & Memory


Happy memories linger with more clarity for a longer period of time than do neutral or sad memories. Happy memories are recalled fondly and being able to experience that positivity is linked to “better mental and physical health as well as to cognitive creativity and flexibility” (Bluck & Alea, p. 248). The remarkable thing is that this positivity actually expands out to others. When you share share positive stories with other people, both you and your audience are able to share in that happiness.


Further Reading:

Characteristics of Positive Autobiographical Memories In Adulthood by Susan Bluck & Nicole Alea
Painting with Broad Strokes: Happiness and the Malleability of Event Memory by Linda Levine & Susan Bluck

Come back in the weeks to come to read more bite-sized posts about why storytelling is impactful to your life in the “Brief Benefits of Storytelling” series!