“For years I’ve been telling people, stress makes you sick. It increases the risk of everything from the common cold to cardiovascular disease. Basically, I’ve turned stress into the enemy. But I have changed my mind about stress, and today, I want to change yours. […]

When you choose to view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage. And when you choose to connect with others under stress, you can create resilience. Now I wouldn’t necessarily ask for more stressful experiences in my life, but this science has given me a whole new appreciation for stress. Stress gives us access to our hearts. The compassionate heart that finds joy and meaning in connecting with others, and yes, your pounding physical heart, working so hard to give you strength and energy, and when you choose to view stress in this way, you’re not just getting better at stress, you’re actually making a pretty profound statement. You’re saying that you can trust yourself to handle life’s challenges, and you’re remembering that you don’t have to face them alone.”
– Kelly McGonigal

“I might look successful and happy being in front of you today, but I once suffered from severe depression and was in total despair. The violin, which meant everything to me, became a grave burden on me. […]
In the midst of hardship, it was the music that gave me, and it restored my soul. […]
Now, I use my music to reach people’s hearts and have found there are no boundaries. My audience is anyone who is here to listen, even those who are not familiar with classical music.”

– Ji-Hae Park

“Depression is okay. We’re people. We’re people and we struggle, and we suffer and we bleed and we cry. And if you think that true strength means never showing any weakness, then I am here to tell you ‘you’re wrong’. You’re wrong, because it’s the opposite. We’re people and we have problems. We’re not perfect and that’s okay. So, we need to stop the ignorance , stop the intolerance, stop the stigma, and stop the silence. We need to take away the taboos, take a look at the truth and start talking. Because the only way, we’re gonna beat the problem that people are battling alone, is by standing strong together. By standing strong together. And I believe that we can.”

Kevin Breel