Words matter. A lot. That much we knew. But this finding by Nobel Prize-winner Elizabeth Blackburn and health psychologist Elissa Epel really took us by surprise: the way we think and express ourselves can impact the speed with which we age.

Ageing is to a large degree caused by telomeres – “A telomere is a region of repetitive nucleotide sequences at each end of a chromosome, which protects the end of the chromosome from deterioration or from fusion with neighboring chromosomes”. Telomeres become shorter in time and once they become too short the cell stops dividing and you age. This is not as straightforward or predetermined a process as it sounds, and a number of factors can impact it.

What is truly amazing, Blackburn and Epel say, is

“…that telomeres do not simply carry out the commands issued by your genetic code. Your telomeres are listening to you. The foods you eat, your response to challenges, the amount of exercise you get, and many other factors appear to influence your telomeres and can prevent premature aging at the cellular level. One of the keys to enjoying good health is simply doing your part to foster healthy cell renewal.”


Check out this excellent article on ted.com to see which thought patterns make us age faster: https://ideas.ted.com/could-your-thoughts-make-you-age-faster/.

My best wishes for a great day ahead!

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