Awaken the Emotion Inside Yourself
“You have to awaken the emotion inside yourself to awaken it in them.” Annette Simmons
In the last two days I have had the opportunity to talk about Wearrative with people who love story but are in completely different businesses. From tattoo artists, patient advocates to sales executives. We have bonded over the therapeutic power of story. We have deep agreement over how story can educate and inspire and how great stories can have a timeless impact.
In each of these discussions, I find that the greater my emotion is about what Wearrative is trying to accomplish, the greater their emotion becomes in working together. Great stories told with no emotion can struggle. Yet, if you can bring to the surface the emotion that is inside of you it becomes contagious. Like sneezes… goose bumps are contagious, but with less spit.
In this article and the book Originals, it is said that those people who get goose bumps (aka, chills, frisson) have unusually active imaginations, appreciate beauty and nature, seek out new experiences, often reflect deeply on their feelings, and love variety in life. Some aspects of this trait are inherently emotional (loving variety, appreciating beauty), while others are cognitive (imagination, intellectual curiosity).
Surprisingly, not everyone can get goose bumps. Want to see if you do? Watch Lady Gaga sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 and see what happens. Want to identify some of your passions in life? Try to list out all of the things that give you goose bumps. Ask others to do it too and you’ll find a fun way to understand each other a little deeper.
Here is to great stories,