01/18/2014 10:00 am ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Editing Your Life's Stories Can Create Happier Endings

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It was a rainy night in October when my nephew Lewis passed the Frankenstein statue standing in front of a toy store. The 2 1/2-year-old boy didn't see the monster at first, and when he turned around, he was only inches from Frankenstein's green face, bloodshot eyes and stitched-up skin.

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