Dr. Elissa Epel

Sally Ride Science—There’s no shortage of advice out there about what makes a healthy lifestyle. Get regular exercise. Reduce stress. Eat whole foods. It all sounds good, but the advice is easy to ignore when you are tired or anxious or craving a donut.

But what if you could envision exactly what your healthy habits—or unhealthy ones—are doing to the cells in your body? The Telomere Effect (Grand Central Publishing, 2017), a bestselling book by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel, allows readers to do just that.

“We all know what’s good for us, but that’s not always motivating in the short term,” said Epel, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco and a leading expert on how stress affects the body. “Thinking about how our cells are responding is often more compelling.”

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