Why we like to read stories that move us

“Stories have power. They inspire us, fascinate us, touch us, teach us something new, remind us of something, inspire us, motivate us, challenge us. They help us understand. They leave a picture in our heads. Do you want to say or highlight something important? Tell me a story. ” says American author Janet Litherland.

Stories are a stimulus, a consolation. They build our inner world, we learn from them to solve our own problems, and they encourage us to jump over the obstacles that life brings to our paths.

When something weighs on you, you go and call a friend and tell them the story about your day or share your situation. When you’re with elementary school classmates, the first thing you do is get together to talk about what it used to be like, and share the fun memories you 

In my life, some of the most special stories were told by my grandfather. He spoke of them very rarely, but when he did tell them, I always felt depth in them, even horror, tension, and cold. They were about stories about Russia and the war.

 

Today I listen to stories of families, personal paths, and stories of search, happiness, and courage.

Some stories give us the privilege of bringing us closer to ourselves, encouraging us to open our hearts, and to be moved by their warmth and the love, strength, and courage of their heroes. Such stories leave traces in us and enrich us.

Children love to listen to the stories we tell them. Be it true stories of adventures they have experienced themselves, or better yet, of things about when we adults were growing up, when we were as old as them; or fictional, imaginative, fantastic stories that draw them into their world in which they can become heroes, princes, astronauts.

 

I thought to myself how I would attend puppet shows with my son, create and read tons of fairy tales. Well, it wasn’t like that. I have never read Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Balls of the Foot, Sleeping Beauty to him in his life.

He didn’t want to listen to them.

But he always listened to the ones I was making up. He preferred these:

When the Mower Sang Brm, Brm Brm

Plane Albert Ali

What is This in Heaven?

When my son took a liking to the fairy tale ‘When the Mower Sang Brm, Brm Brm’, I had to sing the little jingle for a year and a half every night. Then the following year the Albert Plane. If you’re a parent, you know exactly what I mean.

Back then, these were the stories that moved him.

Children hide in themselves an infinite pool of energy and a strong will, which, with the help of imagination, allows them to cross the borders of the present world. Just like Hannah did in the picture book Hannah’s Christmas Wish.

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