Category Archives: Relationships

We’re Hard-Wired for Empathy

When you compare human beings with other animals, one of the things that defines us is the great extent to which we cooperate with each other. We work together, we communicate and trade, and we take care of each other. … Read More

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Stay off the Upset Train by Bryan Reeves

Like many of you, I spent the holidays with family. It’s just fascinating how the families we grew up with, and often return to around the holidays, so expertly find the buttons we were sure we’d expertly hidden that trigger us into wild, limbs-akimbo freak-out mode…
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Grief in Animals: It’s Arrogant To Think We’re the Only Animals Who Mourn

There is no doubt that many animals experience rich and deep emotions. It’s not a matter of if emotions have evolved in animals but why they have evolved as they have. We must never forget that our emotions are the gifts of our ancestors, our animal kin. We have feelings and so do other animals. Read More

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Boundaries: With or Without? by Jeff Brown

I grew up in a home without boundaries. We had walls between the rooms, and locks on the bathroom doors, but there were no relational boundaries between us. With our consciousness overwhelmed by emotional and economic challenges… Read More

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Humpback Whales Protect a Gray Whale from Killer Whales by Marc Bekoff

As more and more data are collected we’re learning not only about the prevalence of cooperation, compassion, and empathy among members of the same species but also of instances of individuals of one species helping members of other species… Read More

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How Do I Deal with Difficult People? by Ash Ruiz

Ash was raised around the globe, traveling as a member of the Latin teen-sensation band, Menudo. At 16 he traveled to Machu Picchu for a video shoot. When he stepped off the helicopter and touched the ground, everything disappeared… Read More

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Embracing Grief by Sobonfu Somé

For many people grief is an option. Looking at my own life, I realized it is a matter of life and death. In fact, throughout my life, grief has been an important theme from crying for food as a child to dealing with deep pain of losses as I grow older… Read More

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Stand by Truth and Love – They Are Invincible by Dr. Madan Kataria

The club seemed extremely well organized with many people regularly attending the laughter sessions. The leader began the session with some laughter and stretching exercises, lasting for about 30 minutes… Read More

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The National Museum of Animals & Society

Our relationships with other nonhuman animals (aka animals) move us all over the place. We love some, hate others, and are indifferent to a wide range of fascinating species. Animals intrigue and inspire us and as we inquire about who they are we learn much about who we are… Read More

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Transpartisan Coalitions: Success and Limitations by Joseph McCormick

While organizing the First Conference on Democracy in America I had the idea of using the event to build a relationship between the leaders of and the Christian Coalition… Read More

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