The Other G Spot

Years ago Oprah Winfrey talked a lot about her gratitude journal.  She would write down 5 things she was grateful for, then simmer in the emotion of gratitude.  Every day.

Compounded over time, these small, daily moments of gratitude practice were said to make a positive difference in attitude and emotional stability. Powerful programming for a better outlook, they said.

Fast forward to 2019, and the publication of a book called No Self, No Problem by Chris Niebauer. Dr. Niebauer explains that there is a specific region in the right hemisphere of the brain that increases in size through the practice of . . . gratitude.  With a only cursory search online we found several articles describing research on gratitude and the brain. One researcher said “when participants [in our study] reported those grateful feelings, their brains showed activity in a set of regions located in the medial pre-frontal cortex, an area in the frontal lobes of the brain where the two hemispheres meet.” (Fox, 2019,, link below)

In other words, neurologists can now measure gratitude in a physical structure of the brain.  The other G spot.

I don’t know why, but when I learn about some aspect of brain function, as in:  it is possible to increase activity in a specific portion of the brain through practicing gratitude, I feel motivated to do the work!  (Ahem, this is why I like to talk voice science so much – it helps us know why and how to do the these crazy voice exercises!)

…better understanding the physiology of gratitude can help pinpoint strategies for harnessing its health benefits and help people understand the importance of fostering this powerful emotion.

(Fox, 2019, – link below)

So, if you feel inspired to practice gratitude based the above information, rest assured you are changing your brain for the better.  Oprah let alone countless spiritual teachers before her knew it.  And now neuroscience knows it too.

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Your Voice Can Feel Better

Dear Singers,

It doesn’t have to be like this.  Your voice CAN feel better.


That could be the end of this post.  Just a short little love note.

But, this love letter deserves some explanation.  You see, there is this idea out there that (often) nothing can be done to improve a voice.

I’m here to help dispel that myth and share some resources on getting help if you need it.

Over and over I have heard singers say things like, “this is just how my voice is going to be” and I’ll say it again . . . it doesn’t have to be this way!

There are things you can do to strengthen, tone, and coordinate your vocal mechanism in exactly the same way you would train other parts of your body.

Chances are your voice will do more than you think it can, and with some foundational technique work, will give your more than you expect.

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