Mind your genes: How negative thinking can affect your health

How you think can affect how well you age. Psychologist Jacqui Maguire investigates fascinating science that shows how unhelpful thinking patterns can damage your genes and affect your health as you get older.

Buddha said it first, but now science has confirmed it: “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.”

Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn and health psychologist Elissa Epel have demonstrated that the way you think can influence your genetic expression and cause premature ageing. Specifically, negative and unhelpful thought patterns can cause your telomeres to shorten, in turn speeding up the ageing of individual cells within your body. Who would have thought that the words floating through your mind could equal greying hair or crow’s feet?

What are telomeres?


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