Welcome to Share Life Plus
We’re glad you found us and we hope you will enjoy Share Life Plus. In this first guide, we discuss the Share Life Concept and what you will be able to do with The Share Life Plus Platform.
What is The Share Life Concept?
The Share Life Concept is a combination of things that we believe promote multigenerational family identity, resilience, bonding, and knowledge.
- Psychologists agree that a child who understands the basics of their family history gain a sense of control over their lives, the higher their self-esteem and the more successfully they believe their families function. Knowledge of family history may be the best single predictor of children’s emotional health and happiness.
A strong family identity helps children develop a strong and healthy self-identity and a sense that they are part of something bigger — critical for their individual success and for effectively dealing with the battle scars life inevitably delivers.
- We’re all fascinated by family history but most of us actually know very little about the history of our families. Share Life Plus makes it possible for our future families to inherit a rich family history, as a gift from you. It could be the most lasting and important gift you ever give.
The knowledge, life lessons, and wisdom each generation acquires are systematically lost over time. Share Life Plus allows you to share important knowledge, life lessons, and wisdom you’ve gained in your life, with future generations of your family.
Your baby’s milestones and all the cute kiddie stories and accomplishments can be retained forever and never lost to time, giving your children access to stories about themselves that they will enjoy over time.
The Share Life Concept is a combination of these things — in the end, Share Life is an expression of love and a solid investment in your current and future family.
Have fun with it — teach, tell stories, build your great family!
What can you do with Share Life Plus?
You can write and permanently save any sort of content you deem worthwhile. You can document life’s moments or send special one-on-one messages to any of your recipients or to a group of your recipients. Some uses:
- Document your family history and stories
- Document stories from your life
- Document life lessons you’ve learned along the way – big and small
- Document your observations on life and living
- Document things you wished you knew when you were young
- Preserve life moments & milestones (Graduations, Engagements, Weddings, Births)
- Preserve events (Birthdays, Anniversaries, Holidays, Annual Messages to the Family)
- Discuss your values
- Share your knowledge on any number of topics
- Share memorable experiences
- Share the memories of fun times
- Share the struggle of the tough times and how you got through them
- Share your best advice on important topics
- Share the basis of your faith
- Document family traditions
- Share medical information
- Share your best recipes
- Save scanned copies of letters
- Anything authentic that you believe will have lasting value to your family
For ease of identification, each entry has a Title or Headline and can have up to 3 tags, which identify the content of an entry. Although not a requirement, you can add event dates to any entry – with either a full date in a YYYY-MM-DD format or, when you’re not sure of the exact date, you can use a YYYY-MM or a YYYY date format.
It does not matter how well you write or whether every detail is perfect – anything you write is better than nothing. What matters is you leave something that future generations can enjoy, identify with, and learn from. You can always write preliminary thoughts and edit an entry later. You can edit entries as many times as you like.
Your writing, documentation, images, video, and documents will provide a rich source of inspiration and depth of identity for your children, grandchildren, and future generations of your family.
Other Things You Can Do
- Because Share Life Plus will be in the cloud, you can access it anywhere, any time
- Each Author can Share Entries with up to 25 Recipients.
- Using the Future Share feature, Authors can share entries up to 10 years in the future
- Because each Author is automatically set as a Recipient as well, you can use the Future Share feature to send yourself reminders or send messages to your future self.
- The System provides 20 Default Tags and allows users to create an unlimited amount of Tags.
- Authors can add up to 3 Tags per entry.
- With a subscription of their own, your Recipients can Share Forward your Entries to their children and grandchildren, and so on over multiple generations.
Because we’ve kept capabilities as flexible as possible you can create whatever content in whatever form you deem best for you. We do not box you into some format we decided — you create whatever you want to create.
One more thing …
To the greatest extent possible, future development of Share Life Plus will be driven by user feedback. Share Life is not our software, Share Life is your software and together we can make it something special.
We hope you will become a Share Life member.