As you all know by now, the premise that MomsMentorMoms was founded on is that all of us moms have personal stories from our motherhood experience and sharing these stories serves to support, validate and encourage each other on this collective journey. By sharing our stories we not only strengthen our own experience but we also enrich and empower others who are finding their way as well. When I first envisioned this forum for MMM, little did I realize that scientific studies were being performed that confirm the benefits for both the person sharing and the listener alike.
Researchers are now saying the emotional benefits gained through the sharing of our stories are reflected by: the reduced feeling of burden once a person gives voice to his/her challenge; a physical healing and enrichment that occurs for the listener receiving the information; and, an increased sense of connection for all parties as a result of the exchange. According to Paul Zak, PhD., “Immersing ourselves in other people’s worlds helps us set goals, motivates us to take risks, prompts us to reflect on our values—it helps us grow.” And, not only that, it turns out there are actual improved physical benefits that say to our brains “Relax, you’re good,” per Nancy Morgan, a clinician at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington D.C. I say what great news for all of us!!
Even though all of these scientific findings might be mumbo jumbo for most of us, I’m convinced we can all afford to benefit from sharing our stories with each other. Since my own experience of bewilderment and isolation that I felt years ago as I muddled my way through the growing pains of being a mom, I’ve always known we are stronger and more empowered when we receive validation from others on the same path as us who feel the same way. MomsMentorMoms is committed to providing all moms the opportunity to use our shared stories to enhance the motherhood experience for anyone willing to be part of our community. The open invitation to you still stands. I hope you take us up on the offer!