World Storytelling Day, recognized on March 20th, celebrates the art of oral storytelling—a day when people around the globe share, connect and listen to stories from their neighbors, friends and family. Research suggests that facts are 20 times more likely to be remembered if they’re part of a story, a testament to how impactful a story can be!
Your years of various experiences mean that there’s no shortage of exciting and meaningful stories to be told. Whether it’s giving timeless advice, sharing anecdotes or recounting a comedic event, your stories are worth sharing. That’s why at Brandermill Woods, whether through storytelling or otherwise, we believe in the importance of creating opportunities and spaces for residents to reminisce and connect.
To honor the occasion, here are four ways you can celebrate World Storytelling Day this year:
- Gather and share stories. Whether over dinner at one of our on-site restaurants or at the billiard hall, gather on campus to share your favorite stories with each other. You often learn so much through stories that may not otherwise come up in day-to-day conversation. Make it exciting by choosing a theme such as “a day you’d never forget,” “your once in a lifetime moment” or “the story you never tire of telling.” The possibilities for topics and themes are endless.
- Enter a storytelling competition. If you’re up for writing, then share one of your stories with the world. In recognition of World Storytelling Day, a group of writers created a website to host a yearly writing competition. Once accepted, your story will be published publicly for anyone to vote on. The website states that there’s no prize, rather, the focus is on exploring creativity and practicing the art of storytelling. Read more about the competition and submit your stories directly on the website.
- Attend a storytelling event. Be on the lookout for activities and events close to campus in Richmond, Virginia or even explore statewide events! If you don’t come across any local events then make it an outing with others and take time to visit the local library or relax at a nearby park while exchanging stories. Nowadays you also have the convenience of attending virtual events from the comfort of your home. Once you look hard enough, there’s always something fun and engaging to be a part of.
- Visit a museum. In their own way, museums hold stories of different events, cultures and experiences. For a different approach to storytelling day, get out and learn about the stories of others by visiting a museum you’ve never been to before. Central Virginia has some of the most exciting museums in the southeast, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Valentine Museum, the Science Museum of Virginia and the Edgar Allan Poe Museum.
At Brandermill Woods, we love a good story, and we invite you to join us so we can be part of your next chapter. Contact us today to get started!