The neurons in our brain


Part of our brain’s composition includes a highly specialized cell called a neuron.  Neurons store information that is received through our senses – sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch.  Our motor skills are developed through the organization of neurons that help our muscles and skeleton understand and apply mobility.  Neurons are also responsible for hormone production – either by producing it themselves or stimulating glands located in different parts of the body to do so.  This is important because hormones help carry messages in our body. Continue reading

Acting on emotions


A little more than a week ago I had an interesting experience with a close friend of mine. Recently he and his wife were looking at buying a new house.  As he was gathering the information to apply for a loan he noticed a credit card that had been used excessively without his knowledge.  His first thought was that these must be fraudulent charges so he immediately called the bank and began working with them.  While he was on hold with the bank he called his wife to let her know what happened.  A couple minutes after speaking with his wife, she sent him a text saying she knew about the high balance and that it was her fault.   Continue reading

The Power of Thank You


A few weeks back I came across the following quote that caused me to stop and reflect: “The habit of saying thank you is the mark of an educated man or woman.”

Saying thank you is something we are taught in our childhood. If we ever omitted that all important expression, I’m sure we can recall a time when a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle chastised us. Continue reading

Physiological effects of stress

Physiological effects

Physiology is one of my favorite subjects to study.  It’s a term that I’m sure many are at least somewhat familiar with.  Just to make sure we’re all on the same page though, I’ll define what physiology is:  studying how parts of the body (organs, cells, molecules, etc) perform chemical or physical functions in a living body.  In other words – it means to study the way everything works together collectively.

In my last post I commented on the importance of understanding that stress can lead to chronic issues.  Today I wanted to write about how stress negatively impacts the body’s physiology. To begin it’s important to understand the body needs certain levels of energy to function. Continue reading

3 things nobody avoids


Many of us know the famous saying that says that there’s two things in life nobody can avoid – death and taxes.  As I’ve had the chance to speak with thousands of people over the past several years I believe there’s actually a third thing that nobody avoids as well – stress (death and taxes can certainly bring its share of stress as well).

It’s an interesting topic because everybody feels it, but if you were to ask Continue reading