Our Personal Story
It’s true that we all do have this sense of personal story; the ways things have gone, are going, will always go. And this story, which we carry around with us shapes how we think of our selves and everything else too. And given the level of constant criticism and judgement the world throws our way, that story may not be helping us. IN fact, it might be getting in our way of seeing how things really are by coloring our perspective a little darkly or negatively.
Do you know someone (maybe you) who says things like, “I never catch a break!” or, “It’s always like this.”
They might sound a bit like Eeyore.
I know I can do this myself sometimes. But the thing is, that negative view doesn’t really protect us, rather it gets in the way of optimism, positive emotion and being able to grab opportunities to better ourselves.
“Some researchers believe that by writing and then editing our own stories, we can change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health.
It may sound like self-help nonsense, but research suggests the effects are real.” (Tara Parker-Pope in her NY Times article.)
Pretty cool idea! And I’ve been working with clients and students for years doing just this and IT WORKS! When we can re-write our narrative, we can peel away layers of noise and get to a clearer understanding of what our obstacles are and write a new, better, more positive ending. We can give ourselves a permission slip to be who we really are, to be our best selves.
Not bad for a little bit of writing.
Some studies indicate that even 15 minutes a day of writing like this can be long term game-changers! So, why not give it a try. Our next class is Monday, May 25th. Why not sign up right now? And bring friends. Together we can all become happier, and we can help others be happier too!