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Stopping Stress from Controlling Us


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Dr. Gary Sprouse is a celebrated, seasoned internist known for his dedication to helping patients navigate stress. With over three decades of experience, Dr. Sprouse shares his journey and the inspiration behind his book, "Highway to Your Happy Place." In this enlightening interview, Corey sits down with Dr. Gary Sprouse, the “Less Stress Doc” to explore his insights on managing stress and finding happiness amidst life's challenges.

Understanding Stress: The Side Effects of Human Skills

Dr. Sprouse discusses his observations from years of medical practice, highlighting how stress impacts physical health. He introduces the concept of human skills and their side effects, offering a unique perspective on the root causes of stress.  

Among the leading human attributes that cause stress is the ability to worry about the future and ponder the worst outcomes. According to Dr. Sprouse, humans are the only animals with this distinctive trait.

Embracing Realistic Optimism: Finding Balance in Envisioning the Future

Delving deeper, Dr. Sprouse explores the notion of realistic optimism as a powerful tool for managing stress. Individuals can cultivate a mindset promoting resilience and well-being by acknowledging positive and negative possibilities while focusing on favorable outcomes.

Empowering Yourself to Thrive

In the final segment, Dr. Sprouse emphasizes empowering oneself to thrive despite life's uncertainties. By embracing realistic optimism, harnessing the warrior organizer, and focusing on strengths and resources, individuals can navigate challenges with resilience and find their way to a happier, less stressful life.

Listen to this episode to learn about...

  • The negative impact of worrying about the future
  • The power of focusing on the things we can control
  • Mapping out a strategy for relieving stress

Tune in to the Members Only episode to learn how to break down stressful concerns into individual items to resolve