What Story Are You Telling Yourself About Your Family?

Written by Alejandra Carrasco, M.D.
Alejandra Carrasco, M.D., is an integrative and functional medicine physician, best-selling author of Bloom, and founder of Nourish Medicine, a root-cause resolution integrative and functional medicine practice in Austin, Texas. She received her Master's from the University of Texas Health Science Center.

A fascinating article came out last week in the New York Times about the power of the family narrative. Turns out that the more we understand and identify with an empowering family story, the happier and more resilient we tend to be.

Piggybacking off of that topic, my question for you is: what’s your story? 

Is your personal narrative an empowered one, or could it use some refining? What narrative do recount each and every day? What do you believe about yourself and how you relate to the world around you? Does it serve you?

If you often come down hard on yourself or entertain negative beliefs about yourself, consider recreating your personal narrative into an optimistic, positive, and empowered one.

Here’s why:

1. Optimism positively influences the course and experience of pain.

2. Positive thinking allows you to cope better with stress.

3. An optimistic outlook improves your immunity.

4. Positive people have a lowered risk of cardiovascular disease and depression.

5. Optimism is associated with increased longevity.

6. Positive thinking increases resilience and helps you overcome adversity.

Not every story has to start happy, but reframing our personal narrative and sculpting it into an empowered one can propel us to overcome adversity and live happier, healthier lives.

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