As college students, we tend to feel pretty stressed on a regular basis. With getting that paper done on time, going to work, internships, relationships (or lack of any of these things), our lives are hectic and stressed. Add to this situation the fact that we are going to school in New York City, a place where people are always on the move, rushing around and stressed. Sapolsky even states that exposure to New York City is a risk factor for a fatal heart attack due to the high levels of “stress, excitement, fear, and disruption of sleep/wake cycles than in most other places” (49). Reading this book is even making me stressed, thinking about all the ways that I am slowly shortening my life. At the same time, I learning ways to improve it, so it evens out. What I found particularly interesting was the section on stress and eating. I was comforted by the fact that I am with the majority and tend to eat more while stressed. I now realize this is due to the levels of glucocorticoids which cause the cravings for the delicious starchy, sugary foods. However as Sapolsky concludes, our responses to stress vary by individual. This is true for the effects it may have on appetite, but also other factors such as risk for heart attack and strokes. Even though stress varies from each individual, we can agree that it is not good, and can have long term consequences. As a result, I think it is important to try to eliminate certain situations that may cause us stress. While we cannot simply get away with doing that final research paper claiming it is bad for us and will cause us to have a heart attack one day, we can take steps to dealing with the stress. Sapolsky discusses these methods, such as exercise and meditation, in his final chapter. Overall, I find this book very interesting and look forward to sharing this information with family and friends.