Storytelling is a practice that has been passed on for generations. We tell and listen to stories to make sense of the world, to impart and receive wisdom, and to feel connected to the people and the world around us. Stories help us understand ourselves and others. They help us cope with life. They help our memory and imagination. So next time you’re with someone, tell them a story, or ask them to tell you one. There are also plenty of ways to listen to stories when you don’t have access to other people, through reading, podcasts, Ted Talks, and more. We recommend the podcast “The Moth.” Each episode has a theme, such as “home,” and people tell true stories that center around that theme.