Many people assert "we are what we eat" because good nutrition is one of the most critical elements of one's well-being.

Although there could be an increasing number of people who feel responsible for their health, fewer realize how deeply their daily attitude and actions penetrate their lives.

In essence, we are internally composed of every significant thought, experience and decision we've ever made.

I believe our reasoning affects our character, and our character shapes us as individuals.

The mind of every person is like variations of DNA, stranded in different ways and forms, allowing for so many different views of the world within society.

So, metaphorically speaking, I think we were born with an almost identical "DNA structure." As we grow from children into adults, new impressions of people and our surroundings affect whom we become.

Our parents form the backbone of our genetic makeup and we branch off as independent people, making our own judgment calls in everyday situations.

Each human is unique and a combination of influences from others and one's personal ideas.

The Buddha once said, "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

Thoughts are constantly replaced by new ideas, and I believe people could change their lives by simply considering what they think.

In third grade, I conducted an incredible science experiment that changed the way I think, to this day.

In order to test the effect of language and emotions on living organisms, I planted three identical onion bulbs in individual pots. Meanwhile, I prepared three cups of water labeled with different words -- one conveying a positive and one a negative meaning, with the last being unlabeled.

Over the course of two weeks, I watered each onion bulb from one of the cups and, to add to the effectiveness of the experiment, I said each set of words out loud.

Some may think this was a crazy or irrational idea. However, my results were extremely convincing.

As you might imagine, the fastest growing and healthiest onion bulb was the one I watered from the cup labeled with the positive words.

Not only did it sprout inches above the other bulbs, but it had the overall best appearance in terms of color and size.

On the other hand, the negatively labeled pot produced horrific results -- a bulb that shrank, became shriveled and barely grew.

The control of the experiment, or ordinary bulb, did not impress me either, appearing small, malnourished, and weak.

What caused onion bulbs growing in the same conditions to change so drastically as a result of human interaction?

Considering words such as "love," "belief," and "happiness" carry very strong, positive energy, the same is transferred to water when it is called by these names.

Therefore, the conclusion to be drawn from this experiment was that joyful words carry positive energy, which can be transferred to water, thus changing its molecular structure.

Due to this infusion of energy, the onion bulb labeled positively grew rapidly and healthily, unlike the other two.

If non-moving organisms are affected by the power of words, just think how they impact people.

Dr. Masaru Emoto was the mastermind behind the theory that water has a memory, and its molecular structure could be altered due to human consciousness.

Taking into account that our body is composed of 70 percent water, positive energy could help our cells thrive.

When we experience emotional distress, fear or any extreme emotions, we could be putting our bodies through the same stage of weakness as that of a wilting onion bulb.

We could eat healthy and look happy, yet feel unsatisfied with our lives due to our pessimistic approaches.

The good news is, looking at everything from a different perspective isn't so difficult.

For we are made of our thoughts, and everyone has the capability to change those starting today.

Gabriella Kovalenko is a resident of Sherman and a freshman at New Milford High School.