3 Positives for Today

A great way to increase your optimism and sense of hope is to regularly look back at your day and note three positive experiences you had. This exercise can help begin to decrease broad generalizations when we look at our days while also redirecting our tendency to focus on the negatives (a cognitive distortion). Give it a try! Here are mine for today.

1) My hoodie, it’s keeping me warm through this cold stint.

2) Pizza. It’s Digiorno and I love it.

3) Completed some errands that I have been putting off.

What is epigenetics?

Epigenetics is a newer area of study that looks at how the traumas we face may change the way our genes are expressed. This is a good article written by the BBC that explores this area of study. It’s somewhat long, and definitely worth the read.

BBC Article: Can the legacy of trauma be passed down the generations?

The take away that I’d like to highlight is that it’s not hopeless. Though some individuals may be at increased risk for certain issues; these can be addressed and “undone” through use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Mindfulness.