Several genealogy articles lately have cited the study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology that showed that thinking about your ancestors and what they have conquered before taking a test can increase your score. Our ancestors overcame severe illnesses, wars, loss of loved ones and economic depressions.
"So when we think about them, we are reminded that humans who are genetically similar to us can successfully overcome a multitude of problems and adversities."
Reminds me of Oprah Winfrey. She once said that the reason she liked reading Toni Morrison's novels was that it showed her what it was possible to overcome. What better example of a success story than Oprah Winfrey??