From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Say Goodbye to Stress


Walden Pond, surrounded by a patch of woods not far from Boston, is famously known because of Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau lived in a slight, hand-forged cabin just off the northwestern banks of the pond from 1845 to 1847 because he “… wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life. . .” So, he shaped his lifestyle from nature, and eventually wrote prolifically about it. I suppose you could say Thoreau went head to head with stress just to see what would happen, hoping he’d understand himself and life a little bit better as a result.

Like Thoreau’s important quest, the writing and production of Say Goodbye to Stress wasn’t always stress-free either. The book you’re getting to read is a product of stress management — and fun. Perhaps Thoreau was braver than me going it alone in the forest. Rather, I had tremendous support and resources that I’d like you to know about.

First, as you turn the pages you’ll quickly appreciate the writing expertise of Liz Neporent. When you chuckle as you read, you are experiencing Liz’s genuine humor. She’s a pro at getting in your head. Next, my colleagues at Harvard Health Publications, Drs. Julie Silver and Anthony Komaroff, frequently give me opportunities to try to make differences in people’s lives through writing. I’m humbled to support Harvard Health Publications’ slogan, “trusted advice for a healthier life.” Among other trusted names you know is Chicken Soup for the Soul. My Chicken Soup editor, Amy Newmark, has expertly led a lineup of talented individuals who’ve thoughtfully shaped every aspect of the book you hold. In addition, she has pored over thousands of significant stories provided by contributing writers in order to capture personal experiences that make the text come alive for you. And on the home front, my wife Carolynne knows and supports every moment I invest in writing. And, I love her for giving me that freedom.

Chicken Soup for the Soul and Harvard Medical School have a strong, unique collaboration that you can rely on. Undoubtedly, we want your life to be improved. Along the way, you can bet we’ve passed around jokes about the irony of being stressed while publishing a book about stress. Our jokes never seem to get old. What also stays fresh are the powerful insights, clever strategies, and personal victories which have come from going head to head with stress on your behalf. Like Thoreau, we set out to learn about life, then write about it. Thoreau once said, “Everyone must believe in something. I believe I’ll go canoeing.” Now that’s a great way to Say Goodbye to Stress.

Say Goodbye to Stress is dedicated to Marie Hill, a dear family friend who holds fast to a worry-free faith and has given immeasurably to others for nearly a century. She has been nurse, neighbor, problem-solver and Granny to many.

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