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dna and positive thinkingFlipping through the paper the other day, an unusual article caught my eye. Written by a local doctor, it began by comparing aglets, the tips that keep shoelaces from unraveling, to telomeres, stretches of repeated DNA sequences that protect our chromosomes’ ends (much like aglets do), help cells divide and eventually, shorten and die. (For anyone out there reading who is more familiar with genetics than I, I sincerely apologize for that incredibly truncated, layman’s explanation!)

Telomeres dying, or becoming inactive, has been linked with aging, disease and death, and current research shows that telomeres become shorter due to unhealthy lifestyle habits, including stress and traumatic events. The good news is that changing unhealthy habits can halt, and in some cases actually lengthen,our telomeres.

It’s not news that stress takes a toll on our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Stress is linked to a whole slew of problems, including depression, high blood pressure, heart disease and lowered immunity. What was new to me, however, was that stress affects us down to our very core. Our literal DNA, that impossibly tiny, incredibly important, laddered twist of self that sets the stage for our identities – affected by bad traffic? By arguments? Pent-up anger? Apparently, yes. [click to continue…]

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Are You Sabotaging Your Own Happiness?

Unhappiness is often a choice we make without even realizing we are responsible for bringing it on ourselves. We have the power to make our lives happier and easier by simply being kind. How do you react when someone wrongs you or confronts you? Do you exacerbate the problem with that person, or do you let it go with a humble attitude of kindness, giving in or apologizing? Often we feel the need to punish the person who wronged us […]Read the full article...


Positive Life Quotes – October 12, 2014

Life has been crazy busy lately! Tons of weddings and other events, plus some house remodeling projects. The good news is that is has all been a great time with lots of learning and growing through it all. The even better news is that it is time for this weeks edition of positive life quotes! You can check out all of these posts here. “My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, […]Read the full article...

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Simple Steps To Overcome Negative Thoughts

It is incredibly easy to get mired in negative thinking, especially when we replay regrets or mistakes. Why did I do that? We think, cheeks burning with embarrassment. What’s wrong with me?? Well, nothing actually. We all make mistakes, we all have regrets, we all feel, at point or another, like we could simply shrivel up from embarrassment, or cry our eyes out until we dry up. That’s part of being human. Part of being human is also spending a […]Read the full article...

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Change Is Inevitable – Here Is How To Handle It Effectively

My son and I began our after-drop off ritual last week, when my daughter started school again. After bringing her to her classroom, my son and I go for a walk around the nature preserve that her school sits in the heart of, trotting down familiar paths that nevertheless manage to surprise us with their seasonal displays. It is my daughter’s second year at preschool, but her best pal went off to kindergarten this year, and the transition has been […]Read the full article...

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Positive Life Quotes – October 5, 2014

Below is this week’s installment of positive life quotes. As always, you can find all of the quotes in the Positive Life Quotes section of the blog.Read the full article...

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Positive Life Quotes – September 28, 2014

Below is this week’s installment of positive life quotes. As always, you can find all of the quotes in the Positive Life Quotes section of the blog.Read the full article...


How Companionship Can Improve Your Overall Well-Being

From the time you are born, the urge to connect and form relationships with other human beings is unavoidable. Humans are social animals by nature, and when you find yourself feeling alone, you are in your most weakened, vulnerable state. Feeling weak and vulnerable never leads to a fulfilling existence, so enriching your life with constant companionship can be a saving grace. Romantic Relationships Give You a Sense of Security If you’re single, you’re probably unhappy about it. Maybe you’re […]Read the full article...

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7 Tips For Dealing With Conflict

Everyone has to deal with conflict at some point in their life. Whether it exists between your family, friends, or with work colleagues, conflict resolution is an important skill to learn and develop to successfully deal with conflict before it gets out of hand. For some people, dealing with conflict seems to come naturally, and their ability to resolve problems quickly and painlessly appears easy. For others, the process can be much harder. If you’re part of the latter group […]Read the full article...

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How To Overcome Negative Thoughts

Negative thoughts can be overwhelming, at times even feeling as if the thoughts are out of your influence. If you find that negative thoughts are affecting your quality of life, there are changes that you can make to ease your mindset. These include a number of exercises and new habits that will make it a little easier to look on the bright side of things. Below are 6 steps for how to overcome negative thoughts. How To Overcome Negative Thoughts […]Read the full article...