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The story of your life and the power of memoir

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March 17, 2018

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Carole G.
March 26, 2018

I have been a memoir for over fifty years;
It’s sort of an ongoing project, written in long-hand cursive writing. I have found it very theropudic especially when something has been very upsetting or
disturbing. It’s a harmless and relieving
way of getting things “off your chest”.
I am particularly pleased to hear that what I have been doing is now being
recognized as being good for your well being.
Carole G.

Jack
March 26, 2018

I wrote a series of Christian fiction novels called “Adoption Is How God Says I Love You” that are about the masculine triad in adoption, the father, the son, and the adoptive father. The subject was too emotional for me to share with others even though our three children are adults now with families of their own. I struggle with telling stories the kids would rather not have told. When I hit upon fictionalized accounts I went to work and spilled the beans in a way that respected their privacy.
My goal of emotional composure did com about, now I’m a bit daft about grandchildren.

Alain Ahishakiye
March 19, 2018

I liked this article. It is a wonderful idea for older persons. I had a grand parent who started isolation behavior and who usually said that he Did see why he still alive. I thoughout that this methods of writing memories could help him. Thanks havard health blog and Thank you so much Mathew Solan.

James Hill
March 19, 2018

I started a daily journal when I retired from the UN at age 62. I have managed to more or less maintain this routine ever since. I also attempted to write about my earlier life but set it aside after I reached my university years. Given that every day in retirement is quite different I have found keeping a journal serves me as an anchor. Given that I don’t work any more journal writing helps me retain my writing skills and helps me put life in perspective.

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