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Month 3: Understanding Healing as a Story

One way to think about healing is to think about it as a story, with a beginning and rising conflict and plot twists and with things not always—or even often—going the way we expected, or hoped. But somehow, all the same, working to make a story of it—even perhaps a good story of it. A story that has meaning, though not perhaps the meaning that we expected or hoped for at the outset.

One way to find one’s way to this good story is to begin to write it. Interestingly, there’s research that shows that simply engaging this process—trying to create a meaningful story out of one’s experiences—can be good for one’s health.