Why do we get so paralyzed by stress? Have you ever seen a squirrel try to impress its friends? Of course not. Animals live with a very clear and perfectly-programmed agenda in life. They are not trying to achieve social status, nor do they care what the other animals think of them - they just … Continue reading Coping with Stress
When it comes to thrill rides or risk taking - I’m the guy that is always off to the side. I am the most risk-averse person you’ll meet. Ironically, however, I voluntarily donated my kidney to a total stranger. How do I reconcile this enigmatic reality? On the one hand, I’m terrified of needles, but … Continue reading Discovering the Secret to Happiness: Just Look Inside
The holiday season evokes many joyous emotions and memories. Yet, research repeatedly demonstrates the increased levels of stress, anxiety and depression. At the end of the day, when we gather among family, the experience for many is not one of joy, but dread. Sitting across the table from Grandma or Dad, and hearing a barrage … Continue reading It’s the Most Dysfunctional Time of the Year: Dealing with Family on the Holidays
Religion often gets a bad rap. We live in a world where moderate religious folks rarely make the headlines. It is the radical extremists that always seem to get the bulk of the attention, making the rest of us look bad. With such a negative light cast on religion, why would anyone wish to be … Continue reading Is Religion Something to be Ashamed Of?
Today’s world offers a smorgasbord of enticing gateway drugs that can appeal to virtually anyone. That’s right, no longer does a person have to be a full-blown heroin addict to struggle with substance abuse. Addictions and dependencies can be connected to virtually anything – not only addictive chemicals such as nicotine. Consider that things such … Continue reading Indulgence or Addiction: Where is the Fine Line?
It was time for the training-wheels to come off, literally. With his helmet fastened and standing next to his two-wheeler, my son had a mixture of pride and panic on his face. Like every parent that has done this before, I told my son, “just pedal, I’m holding on to the back of your seat … Continue reading Facing the Fear of Falling: Overcoming Stress & Anxiety