YOUR STORY MATTERS
Our Stand: At-A-Glance
- Stories are how we understand the world. Humans think in stories, speak in stories and even dream in stories. A story helps us communicate information with others.
- They are our starting point to understanding the world around us. They stir our emotions. They change our minds. They encourage action.
- There is something in it for almost everyone to relate to, stories help us find common ground with those around us.
- Stories help us make information memorable. Research says that stories increase a person’s empathy and compassion and therefore they help us recall the issue quicker.
- Solid information in any form is good, says Melanie Green, a communication professor at the University at Buffalo who studies the power of narrative. “But that’s not necessarily enough.” A vivid, emotional story “can give that extra push to make it feel more real or more important.” If you look at the times somebody’s beliefs have been changed, she says, it’s often because of a story that “hits them in the heart.”
- SHF uses stories to bring us closer together as a movement and to highlight the importance of a particular issue to policymakers. By sharing your story with us, you help change hearts and minds of our representatives across America and give them reason and solid footing to stand for health freedom.
- Please note that with your submission, you are extending permission to share your story (using your first name only) in our publications and with policymakers.