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2) Career

In the Harvard Business Review, Herminia Ibarra and Kent Lineback give advice on crafting a good resume.

Bullet points of achievements are lovely, yes, but the key part of a resume that has impact is the story you make it tell.

The process of putting together a resume is as valuable as the product because it entails drafting your story. Everything in the resume must point to one goal — which, of course, is the climax of the story you're telling. [Harvard Business Review]

Here's more on storytelling in your career.

5) Happiness and meaning

Whether it's formal religion or just your own idea of life, meaning comes from the stories you tell yourself about what happens every day.

Those stories make up a big part of whether or not you are happy.

According to the psychologist Michele Crossley, depression frequently stems from an "incoherent story," an "inadequate narrative account of oneself," or "a life story gone awry." Psychotherapy helps unhappy people set their life stories straight; it literally gives them a story they can live with. And it works. [The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human]

For better or worse, you become the stories you tell yourself — so choose wisely the narratives that shape your life.

Timothy Wilson, author of Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Changeexplains:

…The idea is that if we want to change people's behaviors, we need to try to get inside their heads and understand how they see the world — the stories and narratives they tell themselves about who they are and why they do what they do… As Kurt Vonnegut famously wrote, "We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be." [American Psychological Association]

Here's more on how storytelling is the key to happiness and meaning in life.

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