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The Anti-Aging and Anti-Depressant Effects of Storytelling

The Daily Exercise Of Creativity: Storytelling

Storytelling can be great for our own mental wellbeing, enhanced relationships and a healthy brain.

  1. One needs to be playful, excited and passionate while giving the storytelling performance.
  2. Get energetic and enthusiastic, smiling to provide a subtle joy to the listener.
  3. Keep your story short and punchy for maximum impact, while keeping it colourful.
  4. Read stories every day, and pick the best ones to recite, practised for perfection.
  5. Instead of facts, focus on the emotions.
  6. Develop the characters of the story to make them memorable.
  7. Remember that any story can be interesting in the way it is told.

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