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Cyndi Lauper. It’s big, and it’s involved in all the things that are “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll,” but it’s a chemical. Dopamine is linked to addiction, risk taking, gambling, and cupcakes! Folks with this genetic mutation are 44 percent more likely to be cocaine addicts — whoa! It is also called a motivation and movement molecule. Dopamine is highly linked to executive function, like focus and attention, and, wait for it ... goal setting. People with this genetic mutation are very focused on goals, keeping their “eye on the prize.” This mutation also produces happier people. Small things that produce joy register as much as a large event might for someone else (there’s a study on that!). All of this put together BLEW. MY. MIND. Things that I thought were just “my personality” were predetermined by my cells. Well, predetermined as much as my life choices have facilitated a positive outcome (a master’s and two doctorates) rather than a negative one. (Yay for not being a cocaine addict!) I do highly value making a difference in the places I can and putting my time there. This morning, I heard someone say, “If it’s not hard, it won’t change you.” I’ve never minded the hard; in fact, I prefer to lean in, because I’ll get to the other side faster. I’ll keep learning and growing, and that’s my jam. My wish for you is that you clear your plate for your three things, or, even better, your one thing. Meeting those goals turns you into someone new, and while I feel now more like a mouse in a B.F. Skinner rewards box, the rewards are pretty sweet. Shelly Coffman

I had my DNA analyzed last year through 23 and Me. Most of it wasn’t very exciting, and no big surprises (which I was hoping for, because, really, surprises are more fun). I’m more likely to think cilantro tastes like soap (nope), and also more likely to be eaten by mosquitoes (yep — stand by me and you’ll be safe). As usual, my very curious brain started me on an investigatory path to find out why I’m having some B12 absorption issues (and thank God for B12 injections, a red life-giving elixir). I am a Google-aholic, truly feeling like it was created just for me. Instead of just having constant questions, I can find out immediate answers and dive deeper. I LOVE that on a level that might be a little pathologic. 23 and Me does not examine certain common genetic mutations, but it will provide raw data so you can take it to other genetic analysis groups to look at some of these genetic mutations. What I found was enlightening to say the least. You have probably noticed that I talk a LOT about goal setting and priorities. (And to say that I appreciate each and every one of you taking the time to read my little diatribes is a gross understatement! I love hearing back from you!) I discovered that I am heterozygous (meaning I have a copy from each of my parents) for a genetic mutation that makes me produce more of the neurotransmitter dopamine. First, dopamine is the neurotransmitter that gets really low with Parkinson’s, so yay, protected from that! Dopamine is also the “feel good” neurotransmitter. It has been called the “Kim Kardashian of neurotransmitters,” but I think it’s more

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Since the turn of the century, fitness culture in America has exploded. According to the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), the fitness industry in this country went from $11.6 billion in 2000 to $27.6 billion in 2017. Along the way, more than 50 million Americans became gym members. Given how popular gym culture and fitness have become, it’s no surprise that researchers and experts are devoting untold time and energy to exploring the science of working out. But it wasn’t always that way. Just a generation ago, many top athletes regarded lifting weights as detrimental. “The coaches and trainers were against it,” recalls bodybuilder Eddie Giuliani. “They said it slowed you down. It was no good. Doctors were all against weightlifting because they said it was bad for your heart. It gave you high blood pressure. Everybody was wrong.” When a new discipline or field of study arises, there are inevitably businesses willing to take advantage of an uninformed public. The fitness industry is no exception. It produced plenty of

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