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"Your experiences today will influence the molecular composition of your body for the next two to three months, or perhaps for the rest of your life. Plan your day accordingly."

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UCLA’s Steve Cole from The Social Life of Genes.

Your DNA is not a blueprint. Day by day, week by week, your genes are in a conversation with your surroundings. Your neighbors, your family, your feelings of loneliness: They don’t just get under your skin, they get into the control rooms of your cells.

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All the more reason to surround yourself with people who you enjoy 

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"For a long time, memory researchers assumed that memories were like volumes stored in a library. When your brain remembered something, it was simply searching through the stacks and then reading aloud from whatever passage it discovered. But some scientists now believe that memories effectively get rewritten every time they’re activated, thanks to a process called reconsolidation. To create a synaptic connection between two neurons the associative link that is at the heart of all neuronal learning you need protein synthesis. Studies on rats suggest that if you block protein synthesis during the execution of learned behavior pushing a lever to get food, for instance the learned behavior disappears. It appears that instead of simply recalling a memory that had been forged days or months ago, the brain is forging it all over again, in a new associative context. In a sense, when we remember something, we create a new memory, one that is shaped by the changes that have happened to our brain since the memory last occurred to us."

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Slate Magazine, “The Science of Eternal Sunshine by Steven, March 22, 2004

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This is fascinating.

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"You can ask the universe for all the signs you want, but ultimately, we see what we want to see when we’re ready to see it."

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"Not everyone you lose is a loss."

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"You’re under no obligation to be the same person you were five minutes ago."

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"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read."

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Shambles turned 7 today!

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"You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear."

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"As adults, we try to develop the character traits that would have rescued our parents."

- Alain de Botton  (via behayaa)

Necessary reblog

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