Your brain on joy

Brain wave study reveals why one type of story can connect people

Happy stories cause two positive outcomes more often than sad ones.

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Humans are storytellers.

Every culture in history has its own legends, myths, and records — and modern people are no exception.

But when it comes to remembering the finer details, does the content of a story matter?

Yes, research suggests — and some types of stories may be more conducive to creating connections with others.