Why Do We Tell Stories

Stories have become an essential part of humanity. Stories have been told since time immemorial. A story tells an event or journey, either factual or fictional that enables listeners to experience an awakening inside. No person in the world does not love to tell stories. Stories are introduced as early as childhood, which became a foundation for this love. Look back to the time where you were captivated by a story told by your parents before going to bed. Without a doubt, from that day on, you have told many stories to captivate listeners as well. 

We are all storytellers. 

There are no terrible storytellers; all of us are good storytellers. We tell diverse stories every day. However, for what reason? Here are some reasons why you are telling stories. 

We Tell Stories to Inspire

Stories have the power to move the hearts and minds of children, teens, adults, and even seniors. Storytelling is the most powerful weapon one can use in the war of ideas. Whether you tell a factual or fictional story, it inspires people to take action. Similar to the case of the promising author, Jacquelyn Hester Colleton-Akins, Ph.D., the stories told by her father when she was just a girl inspired her to become a storyteller herself. She was able to tell her own stories, and her father’s stories through her books, including Prediction Stories and Liz Refuse to Fall. 

Not all stories are told verbally; they can be told through books, making them classic stories you can share with anyone, anytime. A great story engages listeners’ curiosity, emotions, and emotions, ultimately embedding within and inspiring them. 

We Tell Stories to Educate 

Most stories are told for entertainment, and some are for learning. If you are to dissect stories told in books, you will discover lessons and morals that listeners will keep for a lifetime. The art of storytelling has become a primary tool for delivering information. Stories fill our lives every day, from anecdotes you share with friends to the books you read to children. Moreover, we tell stories to make a point, remind, reprimand, and comfort listeners or ourselves. Many storytellers enfold lessons in their accounts to educate their audience.

Stories are like shape-shifters who transform into varied forms. They provide a way to educate listeners on abstract concepts and simplify messages. Think about when your teachers used real-life situations to explain a non-tangible concept for you to understand the idea. Stories help people understand, remember, and accept ideas. Stories are a mode of learning because of the lessons that lead to change. 

We Tell Stories to Bring People Together

If you think about it, when you tell a story, people gather around you lending their ears to you. Stories originated as a means of bringing people together to share information, events, or journey that might be lifesaving or entertaining. Stories have a unique ability to build connections. If you relate your desire through a story, these become the desires of the audience as well. They will feel what you feel. Simply saying, they will empathize with you. 

One can identify stories as a universal language. Each one of us loves the story of a hero, underdog, good vs. evil, redemption, love, and heartbreak. We all process emotions of hope, despair, anger, and love. The world has diverse people, languages, religions, races, and political views. Despite this, telling stories gives even the most distinctive people a sense of commonality and community. It connects many through the emotions evoked and responses to the story. 

We Tell Stories Because it is in Our Blood

Stories transcend any period. We have been telling stories for centuries, long before stories were even written. If you look at history, cave art and hieroglyphs prove that humans have been sharing stories. These are what makes us humans. Stories have served so many purposes in our lives. It is a fact that we love to tell and listen to stories, whether these stories are fiction, truth, history, mythology, gossip, or news. Stories permeate every aspect of human life that you can say it is already in our blood. Humans pass down genetic information from generation to generation. Like human genetics, stories pass down specific codes, morals, and other generations. Stories help us live and thrive for so long as a community or society.

In conclusion, for whatever reason we tell stories, as long as you are passionate and love this art, keep writing and share the stories in your  head. Share your message to the world and impact the lives of people. 

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