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Group photoAccording to The Los Angeles Times coping, is something  some families are forced to  do during the holidays. Change is inevitable: Divorce, marriage, children, illness, death — all alter the dynamic of family get-togethers. The trick is to adapt and craft new traditions when the old ones vanish.

“There’s a lot of emotional money in the bank when it comes to holidays,” said Christine Carter, executive director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, which examines the underpinnings of happiness, social bonding and altruism.

“It’s a stressful time because of people’s expectations. But it’s also a time that has great potential to raise the happiness level in your life if you find a way to deepen your family ties despite the changes taking place.”

Family time can also be a time when we see clearly the genetic tendencies that each of us possess. In some cases it may be the family nose, and others it may be a family thighs, and still in others it could be a week chin. These are the situations in which Dr. O’Toole explains to patients the benefits of plastic surgery. It can be said that plastic surgery gives patients the opportunity to cheat genetics. Rhinoplasty can reshape a prominent family nose. Liposuction can contour and tone the family thighs. A chin augmentation with a chin implant can redefine a week chin. Of course, the genetics do not really change but the appearance does.


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