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5-Minute Friends

Posted in : Be Amazing!,Connections,Mind, Body, Spirit,Stress Less,Success

5-Minute Friend

What in the world is a 5-minute friend?

A 5-minute friend is someone who is closer to you than an acquaintance, but not necessarily as close as say, your BFF.  It’s someone who brightens your soul, but not someone you routinely see.  However, when you do run into your 5-minute friends (maybe in a restaurant, a lobby somewhere, or even just on Facebook), they always stop and make the time to catch up with you and spend about five minutes visiting with you to see what’s going on in  your world (unlike an acquaintance with whom you simply share a simple smile and a courteous “hello”).

Thanks to technology, we live in a socially connected world — a world our great-grandparents would find foreign.  Over the years, we’ve gone from having only acquaintances, friends, and best friends to having many types of friends across a very blurry and broad spectrum.

Today we have acquaintances, Facebook fans and friends, Twitter followers, connections, co-workers, 5-minute friends, friends, best friends, relationships, family, and everything in between (in no particular order) falling onto our friendship spectrum.  So why are 5-minute friends so special?

With 5-minute friends, there is a deeper, albeit not necessarily spoken, connection.  At the risk of sounding a little “wooey – wooey”, these are the people with whom your soul truly connects and resonates.  They light up your life,  but for whatever reason (good or bad), neither of you has taken the connection to a deeper friendship — and that’s okay!  We need 5-minute friends in our life.  They bring us a positive, uplifting, and energizing experience to the crazy, chaotic worlds in which we live.

A couple of years ago, I was


What is Sex, Drugs, & Red Bull™?

Posted in : About Chad,Be Amazing!,Health & Wellness,In the News,Maximize Your Grades,Mind, Body, Spirit,Stress Less

Sex, Drugs, & Red Bull™ is an edgy, engaging, and entertaining program that shows you how to overcome the headgame hurdles that block our health, happiness, and ultimately our path to living life On Top of The World.  Its philosophy simplifies the complexity of our choices.  Sex, Drugs, & Red Bull™ is the course we never had in school about choices, consequences, and how the two are interwoven to pave or derail our path to success.  The program offers strategies that can be implemented the minute you leave the talk … strategies that will skyrocket you to living life on top of the world.  The choices we make and the action we take determine the life we create.  When we improve our choices, we improve our chances for enhanced health, happiness, and success.

Ready. Set. Go.

The program begins with the basics:  Exploring our obsession with chemically stimulated living — our true chemical romance.  In today’s world, we have a bottle filled with some sort of “chemical” to help us wake up, stay awake, study harder, play the field, play on the field, and even hit the hay at night.  Remember the old advertisement that said, “We’ve got an app for that”?  Well, instead of an app, we’ve got a bottle for that!  From the bedroom to the boardroom and from the dorm room, to the classroom, and even into the locker room, we’ve got a bottle for each of life’s circumstances.

Energy drinks.  Alcohol.  Medications.  And more.

From there, I look at the most common bottles each of us use every day, yet this is not a substance abuse lecture … far from it, in fact (leave the substance abuse for the Dr. Drews of the world).  You’ll find none of the “thou shalt nots …” so often hurled toward you in an effort to force feed you an opinion — or worse:  to sell you another bottle that promises to help you succeed.  I’m not here to make up your mind for you.  My mission is to deliver the information you want in an edgy, engaging, and entertaining forum.  You make up your own mind about what is right for you.

Living Bigger Than A Bottle …

As the program moves forward, you’ll gain a solid foundation to help make more informed choices, to overcome the headgame hurdles holding you back, and you’ll gain solid strategies to give you all the energy, all the success, and even better health while no longer feeling mandated to reach for some kind of bottle to get these same benefits.  I call this Living Bigger Than A Bottle … the core philosophy of Sex, Drugs, & Red Bull™.


Talk to Me

Posted in : Be Amazing!,Health & Wellness,In the News,LGBT,Stress Less


Hey Everyone!

A quick note about an amazing new program I just heard about from my friends over at The Trevor Project …

Check out The Trevor Project’s new campaign, “Talk To Me”.  Click the icon above for more information.

The Trevor Project is one of my favorite programs for at risk youth.  I’ll be making a shirt to wear on September 9th.  I’d love to see you do the same and join me!

Be well …


PS … Stay tuned for some insanely exciting information about my very soon to be released program, “The Prescription for Student Success … A fast acting formula for getting good grades & graduating on time!” I can’t wait to share this program with your school or organization.  In the meantime, talk a couple of minutes to check out the Talk To Me campaign by The Trevor Project (just click the icon above) … you’ll be glad you did!


The opinions and information provided by Chad Simpson are for informational purposes only and are not intended to treat, diagnose, or render medical advice.  They are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment from your physician or health care practitioner.  Always check with your physician before starting any exercise or physical therapy program.  Never start, stop, or make changes to your medication or health care regimen without first checking with your physician.


Stress Less Decision Making

Posted in : Be Amazing!,Mind, Body, Spirit,Quick Tips,Stress Less

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As I’m sitting here in my study on this beautiful Saturday morning drinking my tea, I was thinking about a decision I made this week.  I even alluded to it in a recent Facebook post!  Many years ago — in fact, it almost feels like a lifetime ago, I would have obsessed about whether I had made the right decision or not, but that’s not how I am now.  Today, I am confident — and even a little happy — about the decision I made!

One of the strategies I share in my Stress Less Blueprint program is about decision making.  Sometimes making decisions can be tough, but it’s all the worry we create about having to live with the decisions we’ve made that ends up gnawing at us after the fact.  Well, I’ve got great news for you:  It doesn’t have to be that way!

Today, I want to share with you a brief summary of one of the strategies from my Stress Less Blueprint …

One of the most important skills to further develop is your ability to hear that still, small, inner voice that resides deep within each of us.  Some call it the voice of God.  Others call it your gut instinct.  It’s been referred to as the voice of Spirit, Angels, Source, and the Universe.  Some even call it each of those names depending on the situation!  For the purpose


Check out this dog … literally!

Posted in : In the News,Stress Less

Yale Law School is experimenting with a new program to help their students in the ongoing battle with stress.  Monty, a certified therapy dog, is a 21-pound, brown, border terrier mix who is available for students to check out — literally — from the law library.  The thirty minute sessions with Monty provide students with an additional avenue for stress relief.

Law librarian, Blair Kauffman, hopes the free three day pilot program is a “positive addition to current services offered by the library.”

My take on Monty the Stress Therapy Dog …

MTV and the Associated Press recently teamed up and studied over 2000 students from 40 randomly selected colleges across the nation.  Their results showed that 85% of students are stressed out on a daily basis.  In my career as a hospital pharmacist, I’ve seen therapy dogs make a positive impact in the lives of patients with various medical conditions and suspect those benefits would carry over to stressed out students as well.  As a pharmacist and wellness advocate who specializes in showing students, professionals, and entrepreneurs medication-free strategies to minimize stress and maximize success, I’m ecstatic to see such a program for the students at Yale Law School and hope their trial run is a huge success.

To less stress and abundant success,



The opinions and information provided by Chad Simpson are for informational purposes only and are not intended to treat, diagnose, or render medical advice.  They are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment from your physician or health care practitioner.  Always check with your physician before starting any exercise or physical therapy program.  Never start, stop, or make changes to your medication or health care regimen without first checking with your physician.




Could You Be Stressed Without Even Knowing?

Posted in : Health & Wellness,Mind, Body, Spirit,Quick Tips,Stress Less

When I show clients strategies to help minimize stress in their lives, I often begin with one very simple, yet amazingly powerful tip:  Become Aware.

When we are stressed, our bodies begin to tell us we are stressed before we may even realize it.  We may not “feel” stressed out, but our bodies may be telling a different story.  During these times a few things usually begin to happen:  our shoulders rise up toward our earlobes, our jaws clench, our teeth grind, and the muscles in our neck, head, back and legs begin to tighten.

Unfortunately, we


Taking Lessons from an 11-Year Old

Posted in : Be Amazing!,Stress Less

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Although we all know that worrying about what other people think about us, can send our stress levels through the roof, it can be difficult to “stop” caring about what everybody else thinks of us!

I recently spent time with my awesome nieces, 11-year old Emileigh and 12-year old Ryleigh, who reminded me that we should not be concerned with what others think … that we should just be our own amazing self … no matter what!

Emileigh recently went shopping and


3 Essentials for a Stress-Less Semester

Posted in : Maximize Your Grades,Stress Less


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Happy New Semester!  It’s that time again to kick off a brand new semester with a fresh start.  When I speak to college students about minimizing stress, I give them a blueprint that shows how to build a solid core foundation that prepares them to stress less and maximize success.  Once you lay a foundation with my core principals, you can build on it as much or as little as you like.  It’s completely up to you.

Below are three essentials for starting a “Stress-Less” Semester.  Use these tips to


Spiritual Stress?

Posted in : Mind, Body, Spirit,Stress Less

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Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like you were being “attacked” based on what you believe?  I recently had someone try to strongly convince me how right they were about spirituality and how wrong I was!  In these very stressful situations when we are under fire, it’s best to remember that being right is not always the right thing to be.  I’ve written a few quick thoughts regarding the spiritual journey that can help all of us remember that we will not always see eye-to-eye on every spiritual issue — and that’s okay!

Two people can be on the same spiritual journey, but be at two separate places along the journey. Neither place is 


The Past

Posted in : Quick Tips,Stress Less

The past is a memory. Memories are thoughts. Thoughts can be changed. Don’t like something in your past? Change your thoughts.


I'm a pharmacist who speaks to college & corporate groups. My signature program is an edgy, engaging, and entertaining talk called: Sex, Drugs, & Red Bull.™


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