Quar and Tell
Storytelling with family and friends can bring a lot of joy to a campfire or a dinner table. But did you know that telling stories is a way to improve your health?A communications expert at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has launched a storytelling initiative to help us all make sense of this difficult time.
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[00:00:00.360]In this time of social distance,
[00:00:02.500]a birthday party moves online.
[00:00:08.210]In the past, the group enjoyed
[00:00:09.670]vacations and events together,
[00:00:11.250]compiling memories and stories.
[00:00:13.640]So haven't we gone on a family vacation
[00:00:15.430]with each other for 15 years?
[00:00:18.560]Storytelling is a way for individuals
[00:00:20.780]and families to understand and improve communication
[00:00:24.400]and cope with difficulty, says Jody Koenig Kellas,
[00:00:27.860]a professor of Communication Studies.
[00:00:30.280]We are in a moment of difficulty.
[00:00:32.020]This is stressful, this is different,
[00:00:33.910]this is, for many people, traumatic,
[00:00:36.560]and we know that storytelling can be beneficial
[00:00:39.030]in processing trauma.
[00:00:40.690]Kellas and her graduate students
[00:00:42.430]started Quar & Tell as a tool for managing emotions
[00:00:46.170]triggered by the pandemic.
[00:00:48.150]Every week, storytelling prompts
[00:00:50.400]encourage family and friends to connect and share.
[00:00:54.360]We need both relationships that are communicative
[00:00:57.100]and emotionally close, and storytelling
[00:00:59.310]is one of the things that can facilitate those bonds.
[00:01:02.670]The Quar & Tell initiative is based
[00:01:04.810]on research Kellas conducts in her living room-like lab,
[00:01:08.100]called Narrative Nebraska,
[00:01:10.070]where researchers observe storytelling in action.
[00:01:13.530]Research suggests storytelling is a valuable tool
[00:01:16.520]for improving mental and physical health.
[00:01:19.430]We're trying to facilitate meaningful connection
[00:01:22.420]during this time because there have been so many
[00:01:25.540]physical barriers put up between us,
[00:01:28.020]that we wanna be able to facilitate communicative,
[00:01:31.140]emotional connections that then benefit
[00:01:34.650]our psycho-social health.
[00:01:36.670]Kellas believes the world's social distancing
[00:01:39.460]experience will provide valuable information for the future.
[00:01:43.490]In the midst of this, I hope that we learn something about
[00:01:49.370]deep connection that we really need at this time
[00:01:52.310]for support in order to get through a difficult time.
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