Monday Is The Best Day Of The Week

Monday Is The Best Day Of The Week

Reasons Mondays can shift to be the best day of the week.
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Mondays get a bad wrap... it is the day after the weekend.

You are tired and you probably did not sleep well. Maybe you slept in too much on Sunday. You went out Sunday for funday. There are plenty of reasons that Monday is the hang over day of the weekend. However, with that, Mondays can be the most successful and the most looked forward to, if you let yourself. All you have to do is change your perception. No one wants or chooses to not be happy about a day... it just happens.

I love Mondays and here's why... it is my favorite day of the week! Why not make the best of it? Here is my inspiration or hope to get me through!

Instead of dreading Monday, I am excited about it.

Make it's your favorite day because it is the day you are back to work (if that applies). Monday is the day I personally love work! This is because I am a scheduler, and for the organized person, Monday can be wonderful. Particularly, because it is the day you break down your work week. In fact, you may break down your social calendar, too. Which is great. You need something to look forward to. It is the planning day. If you love planning, this should be your thing. Plan out the work hours, the galas, the happy hours, the dinner, whatever... just plan! It may help.

Monday is the day it is acceptable to drink way too much coffee, and I love that. Make today focused.

Monday is the day you are tired but it feels so good getting off work and sitting on the couch when you get home. That euphoric feeling is almost worth it.

It is a new week, a new day and you're alive — try to wake up smiling.

Mondays often are the days of a holiday! Therefore, Monday is awesome for even the Monday haters! Three day weekend, anyone?

Mondays can be driven to be the most motivating by being successful. It is the day a lot of success comes at work, you are busy, people get a lot of work done. A lot of people require a good amount of work from you. In return, you count on them to get work done, too.

On Monday, it helps to wake up and exercise and actually eat breakfast. Be early, stay late.

Visualize and challenge yourself. Keep your Monday so busy. By starting off your week like this, you do not have time to dwell. So, remember...

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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A Second Person Has Achieved Long-Term Remission Of The HIV Virus

A second man has had long term remission of the HIV virus.

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Over a decade after the first man, known as the Berlin Patient, was declared HIV-free, another patient may also be cured. Though it's too early for scientists to say for sure, the London Patient has been in a long term remission for around 18 months without the help of medication. Both men were treated with a bone marrow transplant. However, these stem cells carried a rare mutation in the genes that affect the production of the CCR5 protein, which HIV viruses latch onto to enter the cell. The virus cannot latch onto the mutated version of the protein, thus blocking its entry into the cells.

With the transplant of these HIV resistant genes, the body effectively builds a new immune system free of the virus.

After the Berlin Patient went into remission, scientists tried and failed to replicate the cure and were unable to until the London Patient, whose HIV count has reduced into undetectable numbers. While this is extremely helpful, bone marrow transplants are not a viable option to cure all HIV infected people, as it is an extremely risky process and comes with many side effects. Even so, scientists are developing ways to extract bone marrow from HIV infected people, genetically modifying them to produce the same mutations on the CCR5 gene or the inability to express that gene at all, and then replacing it back into the patient so they can still build resistance without the negative effects of a bone marrow transplant. There have also been babies whose genomes have been edited to remove the CCR5 gene, allowing them to grow up resistant to HIV.

This does not eliminate the threat of the HIV virus, however.

There is another strand of the virus, called X4, that uses the CXCR4 protein to enter the cell. Even if the editing of the CCR5 allows immunity against one strand, it is possible for a person to be infected with the X4 strand of the virus. Despite this, immunization against one strand could save a countless number of lives, as well as the vaccine that is currently in the stages of development for HIV. Along with the London Patient, there are 37 other patients who have received bone marrow transplants, six of which from donors without the mutation.

Of these patients, number 19, known as the Dusseldorf Patient, has been off anti-HIV drugs for 4 months. It may not be a complete cure, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.

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