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Want to Help Others Get through Tough Times? Share Family Stories with Them!


Has knowing your ancestors’ stories also helped you get through a tough time in your life?

If so, you are not alone. Studies show that knowing our family narrative and feeling connected to those who have gone before us can help us weather challenges and bounce back after defeats. Many people have gained strength or at least perspective just by knowing their ancestors also made it through tough times.

Lifting someone else with family stories couldn’t be simpler. Begin by finding a friend and starting a conversation. If it helps, ask a question about the friend’s family. Let the conversation go where it will. Your only job is to listen—with your ears, yes, but also with your heart. Your conversation should feel natural and joyful—like swapping recipes or sports stories—only with a little more emotion.