As we grow from birth, the environment shapes our emotional thoughts creating patterns of thinking and behavior,
(“The Secret Life of the Brain” Rawlence, C, 2002").


Water from the Mossy Cascade in New York, along with other aspects of the environment, shapes the terrain as it travels through the Adirondacks and the Keen Valley to the Ausable River and to Lake Champlain. Similarly our daily reactions are built on much of what we have encountered in the past and how we have learned to react to different situations. We are initially shaped by our heritage (genes), but as we grow our environment shapes who we are. As we go through our daily interactions many situations cause emotional reactions. The results of our reactions may lead to stress. Stress can be either good or bad. For instance when we get stressed because of making an accomplishment, that kind of stress is good because it increases our abilities and makes us try harder. On the other hand stress that results from family or employment bickering is not good and sometimes causes negative reactions such as anger, isolation, depressed moods and substance abuse. Both types of stress can lead to negative thinking; Although stress that results from disappointment, arguing or loss can lead to more pronounced mood changes...