Chicken Soup for the Soul and Harvard Health serve up inspiration, information
Posted By Julie Silver, M.D. On May 16, 2012
Sipping a steaming bowl of chicken soup is good for body and soul. Words from chicken soup—specifically Chicken Soup for the Soul books—can also be good for your health. That’s why I’m excited to announce a new series of books from Harvard Medical School, published in collaboration with Chicken Soup for the Soul Health.
Stories are a terrific way to motivate and educate people. The books in this series combine real stories from real people with the latest medical advice from top doctors at Harvard Medical School. The combination of stories providing hope, inspiration, and great person-to-person advice plus straight talk and life-changing medical information from Harvard Medical School will help readers live healthier, more satisfying lives.
Each book focuses on a single topic. The first four will be available beginning May 22, 2012. They are:
Here’s an excerpt from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Say Goodbye to Stress!
So here we were, Dad going through his chemotherapy and me recovering from surgery and then beginning chemotherapy, too… It was the radiation nurse who gave me a solution, not for changing things, but for dealing with it all. “Spend time every day in music therapy,” she said. “It doesn’t have to be relaxation music. Just go to a quiet place, all alone, and listen to anything you want.”… I played Billy Joel and Paul Simon over and over, until I eventually felt strong enough to get up and face life again with a smile.–Teena Maenza (an award-winning journalist and freelance writer living in West Columbia, TX)
Different things cause different levels of stress. As described in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Say Goodbye to Stress! you can gauge your stress level with the Holmes and Rahe Stress Inventory. It was developed to investigate the relationship between events which can happen to us, stress, and susceptibility to illness. Look over the events listed below. Mark the item if it has happened to you within the last twelve months. (You can multiply by the number of times if you want to really check!)
|Death of a spouse||100|
|Death of a close family member||63|
|Personal injury or illness||53|
|Change in health of family member||44|
|Gain of new family member||39|
|Change in financial status||37|
|Death of a close friend||36|
|Increase in arguments with significant other||35|
|Mortgage or loan of major purchase (home, etc)||31|
|Foreclosure of mortgage or loan||30|
|Change in responsibilities at your job||29|
|Son or daughter leaving home||29|
|Trouble with in-laws||29|
|Outstanding personal achievement||28|
|Spouse begins or stops work outside the home||26|
|Revision of personal habits||24|
|Trouble with boss||23|
|Change in work hours or conditions||20|
|Change in residence||20|
|Change in sleeping habits||16|
|Change in eating habits||15|
|Minor violations of the law||11|
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