Just going thru the audiobook on this subject. It seems that telomeres have a significant roles, along with others, in anti-aging, disease prevention and resilience.
The author said that telomeres are line the plastics at the ends of our shoe laces, called ..erm..genage? Have to recheck ..
Without the plastics, we might as well shuck away the shoe laces because it’s not easy to use it. Same with telomeres in chromosomes. Longer telomeres, have lots of benefits. Shorter ones, have lots of negative effects. But we do run out of telemores, one day, because we will all age, and die but an insight into preserving telomeres might provide better quality of lives and mayhaps, prevents premature and unnacessary aging in us.
One of the most factors that affects telomeres is stress and how we deals with negative thinking. Stressful people tends to have shorter telomeres, prolonged stress results in visible aging effects but not all stress are bad. Thinking stresses as challenges, the way we positively choose to look at the negative situations, would benefit us and our telomers.
Conscientiousness. This is good. Telomers tend to be longer in conscientious people.
They can better control impulses, which in general benefits life.
Self compassion. Instead of beating ourselves, we try to be patient, tolerant and understanding of ourselves. With self compassion, we can recover quicker from setbacks.
If we feel alone much of the time, without much hope, maybe we lack in self compassion. But we can learn it. Self compassionned people have lower stress, not judging ourselves too harshly aka self criticism. Self compassion is self improving. Rely on ourselves to make ourselves be better.
We cannot over rely on others for happiness and recovery, that’s why self compassion is ever more important in coping life’s trials.
Yup, be grateful. Gratitude, as we wake up, think of how wonderful it is to be alive. Doing it everyday, have lots of benefits.
Avoid ruminating problems, let it go. Be mindful. Let it go.
The most beautiful people have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known lost and have found their way out of their depths. These persons have an appreciation of life, sensitivity, an understanding of life that fills them with gentleness and a deep loving compassion/concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
Pic credit to Kyoko Bowskill, ThisisColassal.com