The Benefits of Family History
Your dreams, your disappointments, your courage, your failures, your triumphs, your traditions and the wisdom you gleaned is more than Your Personal History. It’s Your Children’s Legacy.
Record your history for Posterity.
“Learning the history of our ancestors helps us gain a greater understanding of the challenges they faced, and it often inspires greater love and compassion for their flaws and mistakes. This compassion can easily translate to our relationships with the living, within our families and outside them. We all face hard things. Remembering that fact in the context of others’ shortcomings allows us to be better employees, managers, spouses, parents, children, siblings, and human beings.” - Family SearchRead Article
"The more children knew about their family’s history, the stronger their sense of control over their lives, the higher their self-esteem and the more successfully they believed their families functioned. [It] turned out to be the best single predictor of children’s emotional health and happiness." - Bruce Feiler, NY TimesRead Article
Sense of Identity
"Knowing one’s family stories creates meaning that goes beyond the individual to provide a sense of self, through time, and in relation to family. This expanded sense of self is referred to as our intergenerational self, which not only grounds an individual but also provides a larger context for understanding and dealing with life’s experience(s) and challenges. This connection across generations appears to contribute to resilience at all stages of life." - Martha Dreissneck, Journal of Family NursingFind Study
Improved Intellectual Performance
‘We showed that an easy reminder about our ancestors can significantly increase intellectual performance [...] Hence, whenever people are in a situation where intellectual performance is extraordinarily important, for example in exams or job interviews, they have an easy technique to increase their success." - Fischer, P., Sauer, A., Vogrincic, C., and Weisweiler, S., The British Psychology SocietyRead ArticleFind Study
"By anchoring oneself in family history, one develops a sense of place and security that may facilitate self-confidence and self-competence. Family stories help families pass on values, experiences, traditions and important life lessons to the next generations." - Rakesh Maurya, University of WisconsinRead ArticleFind Study
"[C]ultural identity relies on the memory of communities and individuals: it is key to identity, well-being, decisions and actions."Read Article
Record your history for Yourself.
"Researchers found that past satisfaction with life - even if it's simply recalling isolated career accomplishments - is the key to happiness in our oldest years [...] Because of their results, the researchers urge caregivers of the elderly to implement programs - including reminiscence therapy and structured life review sessions - to foster feelings of happiness." - Iowa State UniversityRead Article
"Journaling helps keep your brain in tip-top shape. Not only does it boost memory and comprehension, it also increases working memory capacity, which may reflect improved cognitive processing." - Kacee Bailey, Intermountain Health CareRead Article
Ability to Cope with Dementia
"Setting down and sharing our stories is a powerful way for us to express ourselves. For a person with dementia especially, recording the things they’ve done and experienced can help communication and improve self-esteem." - Alzheimer’s SocietyRead Article
Reduced Stress, Depression, Anxiety
"Journaling may help ease our distress when we’re struggling. In a 2006 study, nearly 100 young adults were asked to spend 15 minutes journaling or drawing about a stressful event, or writing about their plans for the day, twice during one week. The people who journaled saw the biggest reduction in symptoms like depression, anxiety, and hostility, particularly if they were very distressed to begin with." - Kira M. Newman, Berkeley UniversityRead ArticleFind Study
"It may sound a little crazy, but a 2013 study found that 76% of adults who spend 50 to 20 minutes writing about their thoughts and feelings for three consecutive days two weeks before a medically necessary biopsy were fully healed 11 days after. Meanwhile, 58% of the control group had not fully recovered."
- CNBC Make It
“In the study, led by Smyth, 107 asthma and rheumatoid arthritis patients wrote for 20 minutes on each of three consecutive days…writing helped patients get better, and also kept them from getting worse.” - Bridget Murray, American Psychological AssociationRead ArticleFind Study