Managing Stress for a More Peaceful Life

GatheringofExperts - PeacefulStress influences a person’s physical and mental health, which in turn affects their ability to make decisions, deal with problems, and interact with others. Managing stress is imperative for a productive, happy life. A person saying they are going to reduce the stress in their life and actually doing it is easier said than done. Here are a few steps people can take to ease tension and help them relax.

Imagine sitting in a room full of people who are completely stressed out, and someone offers a stress-reducing medicine that is free, easy to use, fun and legal. This “medicine” is often used in hospitals for cancer patients and is safe enough for children. This magic potent is called laughter. Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress and conflict. It causes healthy physical changes that strengthen the immune system and protect from the harmful effects of stress.

Nothing works better or faster to put the body and mind in balance than a hearty laugh. Humor connects you to others and keeps things in perspective. If the stress in the room is palpable, try to see the humor in the situation. Laughter is infectious. If you can find a reason to laugh, others will join in. When shared, laughter bonds people and increases cooperation. [Read more…]

Q&A with United Faith Church of Barnegat, NJ

United Faith ChurchSo many GOOD things happening in ONE place! Find out about a CHURCH ON FIRE with a passion for GOD.

United Faith Church of Barnegat, NJ is a non-denominational, Bible-believing church established in 2006. United Faith Church exists to share the love of the Father to all people in the Barnegat community and surrounding areas. In a recent interview, United Faith Church answered frequently asked questions about what to expect when visiting.

Gathering of Experts:  What type of a church is United Faith Church?

United Faith Church: United Faith Church in Barnegat, NJ is a non-denominational, Bible-believing church, which from the Holy Scriptures, teaches the whole counsel of God. Those at United Faith Church acknowledge that the Bible is the handbook of life; in order to live the victorious life that God has ordained for the believer, one must embrace all of its teachings.  It is encouraged and modeled by the leaders of United Faith Church to read the Bible daily and then put God’s Word into practice in one’s life.

Gathering of Experts: What is worship like at United Faith Church?

United Faith Church: One might best describe the worship at United Faith Church as dynamic, powerful and fun, with an energetic contemporary style. As a result, the worship encourages those that are young at heart to come together in celebration of exalting the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers of all ages at United Faith Church in Barnegat join to worship the King in “spirit” and “truth” at the altar where they are free to move with the spirit of God. [Read more…]

YOR Health Offers Lifestyle Tips for Health and Wellness

YOR HealthThe team at YOR Health puts full confidence in the old adage that laughter is the best medicine. In fact, YOR Health has found a number of research projects that show humor is a terrific aid for overall health. In this interview, a YOR Health spokesperson shares how certain daily habits can reduce stress and provide a sense of relaxation for all people.

A Gathering of Experts: Hello, and welcome to our chat!

YOR Health: Glad to be here with you today.

A Gathering of Experts: What’s your first lifestyle tip for attaining good health?
YOR Health: Funny enough, it’s washing your hands.

A Gathering of Experts: That sounds like an odd place to start.
YOR Health: In a way, yes. However, nearly 80 percent of infections can be traced back to a person’s hands. Careful hand washing can help protect you from the spread of infection. [Read more…]

Sandra Dyche Kim on the Benefits of Membership in AWIB

Sandra Dyche KimSandra Dyche Kim has personally experienced the many benefits of membership in Asian Women in Business (AWIB). Sandra Dyche Kim believes it’s a great resource for both networking and education for the Asian business community. Sandra Dyche Kim is frequently asked whether the organization is a valuable tool for Asian women in the New York City area. To help facilitate these questions, Sandra Dyche Kim recently spoke with A Gathering of Experts about AWIB membership.

A Gathering of Experts: Why should I join AWIB?

Sandra Dyche Kim: There are numerous benefits, including regular workshops and other opportunities to meet others in the business community. Whether you’re a small business owner or a working professional who simply wants to make valuable connections in the community, it’s a great way to accomplish those goals.

A Gathering of Experts: What if networking isn’t my goal?

Sandra Dyche Kim: AWIB has plenty of educational benefits for business professionals, including informational workshops. Some people attend simply to be around other Asian businesswomen in a supportive environment. We have an extensive resource library on our website geared toward helping female entrepreneurs succeed. [Read more…]

Alice Cooper Gives Words of Advice to Rock & Roll Academy and Charles C Brennan

Charles C. BrennanCharles C. Brennan is a Las Vegas businessman and the owner of Dollar Loan Center, which provides affordable loans to consumers. Success in business has given Charles C. Brennan the opportunity to invest in something he believes in. Heading back to his hometown, Charles C. Brennan created the Rock & Roll Academy where underserved children could learn music while also finding an outlet for their creative talents.

Charles C. Brennan recently welcomed a rock and roll legend to the Rock & Roll Academy. Alice Cooper joined Charles C. Brennan in an event to dedicate a new recording studio, which was named for one of Cooper’s songs. As Charles C. Brennan explains, the studio will give students the chance to use an actual mixing board.

Recently, Charles C. Brennan spoke to Gathering of Experts and shared the words of advice Alice Cooper gave students at the Academy. [Read more…]

The Benefits and Hazards of Outdoor Exercise

Internal blog 6Exercising in polluted air can increase the risk of asthma, heart attack and stroke. But is avoiding a workout any better?

Rather than exercise outside on bad-air days, many people choose to go to a gym, use a treadmill or skip the workout altogether. Those options work most of the time, but what about when a person must choose between canceling a long awaited sporting event or a bicycle trip because of the air quality index? In situations such as these, is exercising in polluted air worse than not exercising at all?

That is a question that scientist are currently researching. There are early indications that the potent anti-inflammatory effects of frequent exercise actually neutralize the damage caused by air pollution. It sounds counterintuitive: Exercise means breathing deeper, which means more particles bypass the nasal filtering and lodge lower down in the airway. But recent studies suggest exercise may actually offset the negative effects of breathing polluted air.

Using epidemiological data, Netherlands’ researchers recently discovered the air-pollution effects of changing from a car to a bicycle for quick trips in air-polluted municipalities would subtract between 0.8 and forty days from a person’s average life span. However, the extra exercise would prolong that person’s average life span by three to fourteen months.

All activity is beneficial, but exercising outdoors has been proven to have the added benefit of affecting a person’s mental wellbeing. Exercise helps to reduce stress, relieve anxiety and depression. Exercising outside in the fresh air and sunshine can give an added boost to a person’s overall sense of wellbeing.

The health benefits of exercise appear to outweigh any added risk. Of course, not everyone suffers or benefits equally. Genetics play a major role in a person’s health, so individuals and their doctors should take that into account when determining the pros and cons of outdoor exercise, especially during days when the air quality index is high.

Understanding Your Moving Quote: An Interview with Nationwide Relocation Services

Nationwide Relocation ServicesA team of experienced movers at Nationwide Relocation Services stands ready to assist customers with all of their moving needs. Nationwide Relocation Services begins this process by providing an in-depth quote that describes each cost associated with a project. Recently, a spokesperson from Nationwide Relocation Services answered a few of our questions about what to look for when receiving a moving quote.

A Gathering of Experts: What’s the first step in receiving an accurate quote?

Nationwide Relocation Services: An individual should speak directly to the mover or estimator, and then request a written quote. [Read more…]

Phillip Elden on the Special Privilege of Being a Mazama

Phillip EldenAccording to Phillip Elden, one of the most enjoyable experiences of his life was joining the mountaineering group Mazama. Since becoming a member of the organization, Phillip Elden has embraced the responsibility of sharing information that benefits residents and visitors alike. In this interview, Phillip Elden provides a summary of all the programs and services offered by the program. [Read more…]

Dave Contarino on the Cost of Training a Horse for the Kentucky Derby

Thoroughbred horseAccording to Dave Contarino, the odds of owning a horse that participates in the Kentucky Derby are extremely slim. Dave Contarino has rooted for both leading contenders and long shots at Churchill Downs in his lifetime. Here, Dave Contarino provides insight into the enormous undertaking of training a horse for this prestigious event. [Read more…]

Scott Sohr: Tennessee History Preserved Through Giving

Scott Sohr NashvilleMiddle Tennessee real estate developer Scott Sohr is known for his modern homes set amidst cozy hybrid urban-rural settings. With properties including Arrington and Courtside at Southern Woods to his credit, Scott Sohr is a man who obviously knows how to integrate the best of Tennessee into his residential developments. Today, Scott Sohr opens up about two points of inspiration for his work and says that Tennessee’s historic landmarks are at the mercy of the giving spirit. Thanks for joining us this evening.

Scott Sohr: My pleasure. Today our topic is historic homes in Nashville. Which ones are worth a visit?

Scott Sohr: My two favorites are the Belle Mead Planation and Belmont Mansion. Tell us about them?

Scott Sohr: Belle Mead Plantation is a former equine breeding and horseracing grounds. It was built in 1807 by John Harding, whose name is familiar to anyone who’s driven through Nashville. And Belmont?

Scott Sohr: Belmont is today known for the college that bares its name. But the Belmont mansion has a history that goes well beyond education. Yes, it’s notable for military occupation as well, correct?

Scott Sohr: Before the Battle of Nashville, Gen. Thomas J. Wood and his troops occupied the home. Remarkably, the residence wasn’t damaged. Are these two homes still open for tours?

Scott Sohr: They are, and both are constantly undergoing renovations. Who funds these preservation efforts?

Scott Sohr: The reconstruction and archaeological projects are mostly paid for by private donation, tour fees, and memberships fees for their respective societies. How can visitors help?

Scott Sohr: The Belmont Mansion Association offers a number of membership options. These include a $25 individual membership all the way up to a $1,500 lifetime membership. What do members receive?

Scott Sohr: Free admission and gift shop discounts along with a subscription to the Mansion’s newsletter and invitations to special events not available to the public. Most of all, members get the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped secure the past for their children and their children’s children. What about Belle Meade Plantation?

Scott Sohr: This landmark has a similarly structured membership program. You mentioned archeological projects at these sites. Can you explain?

Scott Sohr: Most recently, at Belmont, the school was getting ready to erect a new pharmacy school on the grounds. It was discovered that there was more evidence of the former zoo than previously thought. So, the area is being observed before construction?

Scott Sohr: Yes. The area around the bear pit will be surveyed, documented, and photographed before the school continues. Before we close, can you tell our readers how they can connect with Belmont Mansion and Belle Meade Plantation?

Scott Sohr: The easiest is online at and