It Takes Courage to Be Empathetic

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We can’t take away the pain of the world, but we can make it more tolerable when we are empathetic. (Photo by Arwen Abenstern – KWP, Flickr)

Those of you who follow along with us on a regular basis may have realized that we frequently introduce books that celebrate people, whether real or fictitious, who make a difference in the lives of others. Three of our diamond reviewed books come immediately to mind: My Glory Was I Had Such FriendsThe Trick, and our most recent volume, What Blooms from Dust. What is it that these volumes have in common? The answer is easy: empathy.  Read more of this post

‘Daily Kindness’ is One of Our Favorite Things for 2018 [REVIEW]

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Blossom where you’re planted in 2018 with a little help from National Geographic’s inspiring new book, Daily Kindness. (Photo by likeaduck, Flickr)

We are always looking for new ways to help us live kinder, gentler, more compassionate lives, and apparently, so is National Geographic. They have created a wonderful gift-sized book that is one of our favorite things for the new year. It is simply titled, Daily Kindness, and you’re going to love it!
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Rediscover Your Happy Place with ‘The Blue Zones of Happiness’ [REVIEW]

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One of the secrets to longevity is happiness, and these two in Boulder, Colorado seem to have that in spades. (Photo by Mark Doliner, Flickr)

Last time I chatted with Dan Buettner, he introduced my radio audience to the concept of “blue zones,” those places on our planet where people seem to live the longest . He also taught us why they have such remarkable longevity. Now, in The Blue Zones of Happiness, he uses further research to show us why these folks are also among the happiest in the world and what key strategies we can impliment in our own lives to find our happy place.   Read more of this post

Finding the Strength to Persevere [GUEST POST]

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Some people, like birds, can be small but mighty. (Photo by David Mitchell, Flickr)

In the past seven years living and working abroad with a faith based organization, I have been struck over and over by the beauty and resilience of the human spirit. So many people in the world are suffering from grinding poverty, institutional oppression, and personal pain and loss. The history of Central Europe, where I’ve been living in Budapest for the past 5 years, is a long series of wars, subjugations, even genocide. Read more of this post

Restore Marital Bliss with ‘It Takes One to Tango’ [REVIEW]

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Sometimes the first steps you’ll take to improving your marriage are yours alone. (Photo by slgckgc, Flickr)

Marriage is hard. It takes lots of hard work to make it last. But sometimes, only one partner is interested in putting in the time and effort it takes to turn things around. Is it still possible to make a difference in your relationship if all the effort put in is one sided? Marriage and family therapist Winifred M. Reilly thinks no union is beyond redemption. Find out why in her new book, It Takes One to Tango: How I Rescued My Marriage with (Almost) No Help From My Spouse—and How You Can, Too.  Read more of this post