Think Positive, Be Happy, Live Longer!

I have been interested in medical studies since I was a teen. I was excited when I heard about the Blue Zones, areas of the planet that have been pinpointed were people live longer. I am particularly interested in this because of my grandfather, who lived to be 108!

I am the type of person who has what some people call good bounce. It didn't come easy to me. I grew up with a father who was chemical unbalanced and had a very bad temper. That said, I am thankful for all the things I have. I think people who suffer trauma early on feel a wider range of emotions and they can be hard to live with at times. It also helps you to be more compassionate to others around you and understand more about people and why they do what they do. I love to create, share and learn.

2004 was the beginning of a major growth period in my life, strangely enough it started with depression. I went through 5 of the top 10 most stressful life events, in a short period of time. When I was going through it at times I felt devastated, as if my life would never get better.

I would not change what happened. It changed my perspective forever. It made me realize how good life is and how simple things make huge differences in our lives, if we let them. It made me realize that no matter what happens in my life I still can choose things to enjoy. I changed my way of thinking by writing letters to myself stating all the things that I knew I needed to hear that no one was saying to me, hung up little messages to myself and quotes, read inspiring books, started to connect more with the people in my life, and joined the gym. I drank a lot of tea!

This is not to say that I ignored my feelings, I expressed them deeply and completely. I wrote every day in a journal, talked to friends, and then did my best to let them go by putting them in perspective, so I could enjoy the good things, no matter how small.

Our purpose in life is to live it to our full potential in a way that is fulfilling and satisfying. This is what every person searches for in their life. Happiness in life is determined by the individual.

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