Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships

Most of us have been conditioned since birth to approach conflict in coercive, manipulative terms; we state what someone else should do, rather than express clearly our feelings and underlying needs. Use of this “life-alienating” language disconnects us from ourselves and others and insofar as it stokes defensiveness, it also makes it less likely that we’ll actually receive what we want. Nonviolent Communication is one of the most powerful and life-changing books I have ever read.

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Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself

Each day, our bodies are subjected to many toxic substances; from chemicals and heavy metals in our environment, to foods we did not evolve to digest and even the burden of unhealthy thoughts. Over time, the effects are cumulative and our bodies manifest in a variety of debilitating illnesses; cancer, heart disease, Alejandro Junger, M.D. is a cardiologist and practitioner of “functional medicine” and the Clean program is his life’s work; a protocol which subtracts potential irritants and prescribes twenty-one days of whole, nutritious foods and various supplements, to cleanse the body and restore health.

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I was going to say

Some final thoughts on what electing Donald Trump really means for tens of millions of my fellow Americans, and my encouragement to grieve, heal and then move forward.

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“Us” vs “them”

Human history is nothing if not a history of us versus them and what happens when the two collide. From birth, we are separated from one another by national borders, religious dogma, political affiliation, cultural history, skin color, sexual orientation, occupational status, and even sports rivalries. These labels may occasionally serve a useful purpose, but far more often than not, they merely serve to separate us from one another, to obscure our true selves and to perpetuate conflict.

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Everyone else is wrong*

I’m a smart, good looking and a moral person … except when I’m not. My brain is committed to thinking highly of myself; chances are, yours is too. A few thoughts on self-justification and how to stop.

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Stumbling on Happiness

For all that we think about being happy, we actually understand very little about how or why we feel happy. Predictably, this causes us to make many errors in pursuing what we imagine will make us happy. Stumbling on Happiness is a book about imagination; why we imagine certain things to bring us happiness, why we are disappointed once we have them and why we’ll try it again tomorrow any way. There is no formula for happiness, but understanding how and why we err can help us to make better choices now.

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