Acknowledgments

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Great Health

Acknowledgments

When sitting down to write Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Great Health, I hoped it would be music to your ears, not just another drumbeat in the midst of healthcare chaos. I wanted it to significantly influence the quality of your life for the better. As you learned in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Great Health, the brain has many extraordinary structures and fascinating capabilities. When brain structures work together like an orchestra, rather than performing individual solos, they can produce classics instead of one-hit wonders.

Just like the different parts of your brain working together, I also had many different people who worked together to compose what we hoped would resonate with you, the reader. It takes tremendous support and talent from people for whom I’m thankful and who I’d like you to know about.

First, my research assistant Melissa Daroff has sorted through volumes of text to find the most current and definitive information that we can provide about your brain and your health. Next, Felicia Brown, Liz Neporent, and Dave Baldwin provided supportive feedback and editorial detours in just the right places throughout the manuscript. Liz is a whiz when it comes to making sure the message is meaningful to readers. Felicia, an exceptional psychologist and writer, is among the humblest and most consistent professionals I know. Dave, quick-witted and fast-thinking Dave, is a natural at giving punch and enthusiasm to writing and life. Each of them read parts of this book that you’ll never get to read! Next, my Harvard Health Publications colleagues and editors, Drs. Julie Silver and Anthony Komaroff, have once again offered me a fun avenue for helping people live improved lives.

My Chicken Soup for the Soul editor, Amy Newmark, has been the maestro for the orchestra of the many talented people I’ve mentioned. Flanked by another exceptional editor, Kristi Glavin, Amy and crew have made writing this book so much fun. Additionally, D’ette Corona coordinated hundreds of gifted writers in order to bring you rich stories that we believe will help make a difference in your life. Also, my shoulder-to-shoulder friend, Dane Helsing, has supported, encouraged, and invested all along the way. Lastly, my wife Carolynne deserves a standing ovation from me. She and my son Grant are always willing to let me write. Brown Team Go!

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Great Health is dedicated to my many colleagues and courageous patients who have taught me about the transformative power of the human brain.

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