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The Use and Misuse of Gratitude

The Use and Misuse of Gratitude

Commented Mar 22, 2012 at 16:46:01 in Healthy Living

“Thank you for your excellent article on gratitude, Dr. Chopra. I agree with your observation that the lack of gratitude in the world today is an unfortunate, yet natural by-product of a disconnected state. I also appreciate you raising the point about being more effective at receiving gratitude. I wonder if that inability stems more from false humility, that is, a deep yet subtle refusal to be truly humble than from discomfort?

I've been thinking a lot about the other end of the equation, that is, how to be more effective when faced with ingratitude. I'd love to share my thoughts with you someday!”
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Paving a Path to Your Personal Liberation

Commented Jul 18, 2011 at 12:09:01 in Healthy Living

“Thank you for this post, Dr. Rich, and for having the courage to speak up and remind others of the important yet often unanswered question: "...who did you come here to be?" A deep and meaningful life only comes as this question is answered in personal terms. I've been writing about this topic every day for over a year now in an effort to provide guideposts for others who care deeply about answering this question for themselves at Thank you again for your post and for your admonition to "take charge of your responses [to what happens in life]"!”
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Questioning the 'Guardians of Science'

Commented Jul 5, 2011 at 08:14:30 in Healthy Living

“Dr. Katz, if more of the industry were to follow your approach: "I always have, however, had an abiding interest in helping my patients get better," I believe we would have a much more efficient and effective medical system.”
Former Prime Minister Of Thailand Talks National Happiness

Former Prime Minister Of Thailand Talks National Happiness

Commented Jul 3, 2011 at 10:00:47 in Impact

“Thank you for sharing this brief, but inspiring interview. Happiness and prosperity are not mutually exclusive, in fact, they are synergistic. Happiness makes prosperity sustainable, obviating the need for both the carrot and the stick. I wrote a series of blog posts this week on the topic. Please stop by and share your thoughts!
How Trash and Hip Hop Are Saving the World

How Trash and Hip Hop Are Saving the World

Commented Jun 23, 2011 at 14:17:09 in Impact

“Love the quote. Many of my clients have it framed on an office wall. With health care costs amounting to 17% of our nation's GDP - most of which are generated by the care of preventible chronic disease (according to the CDC) - I am convinced that the way out of this mess is through education on simple to implement preventive strategies.

Americans are not stupid. Those with means may be obstinate about their food preferences, but I think they'll eventually recognize that health, productivity, longevity and well-being all come as a result of informed choices and not from satisfying short-term cravings. Those who cannot afford access to nutritious food are another story... If we can craft systems for meeting the latter need in developing nations we should be able to do the same in the States if the right people put their heads together.”
The Five Ingredients of Peace

The Five Ingredients of Peace

Commented Jun 23, 2011 at 12:33:57 in Healthy Living

“Great post, Ms. Manswell. I loved your point about chaos not being the opposite of peace. I agree wholeheartedly, in fact, I would venture to say that chaos is the absence of peace, just as darkness is the absence of light. Peace is an active, dynamic state that requires ongoing maintenance and constant attention. Peace is not, as many assume, a static, emotionless, inert state of mind or being, dissociated from the quotidian details of living.

Point #2 also caught my eye and interest as I have been blogging about the very topic for nearly two years. Here's a post from several days ago (I've written 550 daily posts so far):

Thanks again!”
Collaborative Innovation as a Business Strategy: Ask Anything, Challenge Everything

Collaborative Innovation as a Business Strategy: Ask Anything, Challenge Everything

Commented Jun 23, 2011 at 11:56:09 in Business

“Thank you for this thought-provoking post, Ms. Comstock and congrats to GE for this creative project. I work in the health care industry and am constantly reminded of how limiting the isolationist and reductionist approaches can be as I seek to generate solutions to the complex health issues we face today.

Integration and collaboration require more work in general, but the short and long-term effect are well worth the effort. As you said, even the most "out there" ideas force us to challenge the current paradigm, if we have the courage to face that no matter where we are in life, in society or in time, we are likely holding self-limiting assumptions. I touched on the topic in my company's blog:
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Getting Big Press

Commented Jun 19, 2011 at 21:37:23 in Impact

“Great tips. Josh. I especially appreciated this point: "Think to yourself: How does the story of my organization or company relate to their perspective? How does it blend with stories they've written in the past? How does it jive with them on a personal and emotional level?"”
How Trash and Hip Hop Are Saving the World

How Trash and Hip Hop Are Saving the World

Commented Jun 19, 2011 at 21:34:02 in Impact

“Loved you post, Josh. Thank you. One area of waste I am concerned with is found in the medical field. By focusing on costly, energy-intensive and often side-effect-laden interventions later in life rather than investing more heavily in truly preventive strategies we are missing the chance to address the cause early on. My company works hand-in-hand with doctors to implement integrative/preventive strategies in their practices and the results - both what I hear from our doctors and more impressively what I hear from the patients themselves - are worthy of mention. We cannot do more of the same in health care and expect a different result.”

joshtetrick on Jun 20, 2011 at 01:43:42

“Thanks so much, Gregg. It's crazy how much prevention could save, both in lives, and dollars, isn't it? You comment reminds me of a quote I just heard: "The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease." - Thomas Edison”
Great Leaders Weigh In on Leadership

Great Leaders Weigh In on Leadership

Commented Jun 14, 2011 at 19:56:33 in Healthy Living

“Debbie, I loved your point that "[l]eadership provokes thoughtfulness and contemplation." There are, no doubt, a million ways to do this. One of my favorite leaders always managed to invest trust in me beyond where I trusted myself. Such trust is always excellent food for thought.

Congratulations on your speaking engagement with LOHAS!”
The Midas Touch: Stomachs Too Big to Fail?

The Midas Touch: Stomachs Too Big to Fail?

Commented Jun 13, 2011 at 23:18:56 in Home

“The moment man arrogated unto himself the deed to nature he disturbed a balance that he cannot easily restore. In his gluttonous stupor he lacks the wisdom, restraint and perspective necessary to get out of this self-created predicament unscathed.

Your post is sweet in the mouth, but bitter in the belly. Thank you, Mr. Lapham.”
How Affirmations Can Improve Your Life and Relationships

How Affirmations Can Improve Your Life and Relationships

Commented Jun 13, 2011 at 22:39:10 in Healthy Living

“I appreciate your post, Dr. Jacobson, both for its content and its timeliness. You emphasize the power of choice "we don't need to take everything so personally, be so reactive or sweat the small stuff," "happiness is a choice and that despite what's going wrong in our lives, we can choose to be happy" and "[t]he point is that we don't have to let this happen." Affirmations, properly anchored, can lead to better choices.

The greatest impediment to health and happiness in our era is the unwillingness to exercise the power of choice. I read a great piece by William George Jordan that treats this same subject from a 100 year old, yet timeless perspective. I think you'll like it:

hp blogger Walter E. Jacobson, M.D. on Jun 14, 2011 at 08:25:33

“Thanks for your comment, Gregg, and for sharing your blog link. Well done.”
The 10 Worst Kinds of Employers to Work For

The 10 Worst Kinds of Employers to Work For

Commented Jun 13, 2011 at 22:29:12 in Business

“Sad but true, Martha. I wonder what your top 10 list would look like?

A few of my personal favorites:

1) Companies that favor discretion and discernment over rigid rules and policies.
2) Companies that innovate in all areas of function and that prefer solutions crafted from original thought rather than from the tired old playbook.
3) Companies that foster cooperation and collaboration internally as well as externally.
4) Companies that give stage to their employee's "hidden" talents, even if they are not work-related, e.g. musical abilities or writing skills.
5) Companies that contribute to the betterment of the world that they are a product of, through every discussion, decision and action.

Here is one example from my company which emphasizes the point:

Thanks again for pointing to the need for a new level of excellence!”
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Calling on the Private Sector: It's Time to Play a Role

Commented Jun 13, 2011 at 22:12:03 in Impact

“I appreciate your thoughts, Simon, and feel that a shift in perception is required first and foremost. The three silos you mention tend to treat one another like competing cliques in a high school and while competition has proved valuable over time, I wonder if we might be missing something in our collective overlooking of a more collaborative approach. I've been giving some thought as to how to apply this at a local level, as a small business owner interested in business, community development and civic responsibility and I will look into some of the links you provided to help shape my vision on this important topic. Thanks!”

simonmainwaring on Aug 7, 2011 at 23:35:34

“Thanks Gregg, and yes, I completely agree in a long term collaborative approach. One link I might suggest is to the Greater Cinncinati Green Busines Council as a good examples of collaboration at a local level. thanks for the feedback, Gregg.”
Growing Into Your Self

Growing Into Your Self

Commented Jun 13, 2011 at 13:19:09 in Healthy Living

“I enjoyed your article, Mr. Taylor. It is a subject near and dear to my heart and thoughts of late. I just finished reading Rinker Buck's memoir, "Flight of Passage" and enjoyed the coming of age experience Mr. Buck and his older brother had when they flew from NJ to CA as an airplane they had restored, no less! I highly recommend the book if you like the Bildungsroman genre and it would be a particularly good read for a teenage boy or girl interested in growing out of the childish mindset and into a more adult perspective.

I wrote about the matter of coming into one's own this morning - - and I would love to hear your thoughts on my perspective!”

hp blogger Eldon Taylor on Jun 15, 2011 at 16:57:23

“Hi Gregg,
Thanks for your comments. I clicked the URL you provided to check out your article but only a blank page loaded.
Best to you,
Connecting the Dots: Atomic Bonds And Human Nature

Connecting the Dots: Atomic Bonds And Human Nature

Commented Jun 10, 2011 at 22:49:08 in Healthy Living

“Lynne McTaggart's question: "Were we meant to be this competitive" is an interesting one and I appreciate you repeating it in your article, Alison. I've been giving some thought to the matter of late and I find the approach articulated by William Jordan to be particularly useful in helping to shape my answer to the question:

"Life is not competition with others. In its truest sense it is rivalry with ourselves. We should each day seek to break the record of our yesterday. We should seek each day to live stronger, better, truer lives; each day to master some weakness of yesterday; each day to repair past follies; each day to surpass ourselves. And this is but progress. And to individual, conscious progress, progress unending and unlimited, is the one great thing that differentiates man from all the other animals."

Competition has proven to bear much fruit as has cooperation. Whether one is more fruitful than the other is yet to be decided. As to which produces more abundant enjoyment, camaraderie and happiness in the accomplishment of the little things and the large, the scales in my experience tip generously in favor of the cooperative approach.

I wrote a bit about my experience with this approach in my business here: Thank you for your thoughts on the matter!”
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Unleashing the True Power of Giving and Receiving

Commented May 31, 2011 at 15:14:53 in Healthy Living

“I appreciate your concluding thought as to how a functional understanding of giving and receiving allows for a reconnection with the "abundance that's inherent in the natural flow of life and energy." My own thoughts of late have centered on the very point: how do we establish contact points in consciousness through which that natural flow can be restored? From your article it appears that we have to relinquish old habits based on the constant commerce paradigm and be open and willing to experience a new (albeit pre-existing) paradigm through deliberate action.”

hp blogger Hale Dwoskin on May 31, 2011 at 19:24:37

"relinquish old habits based on the constant commerce paradigm and be open and willing to experience a new (albeit pre-existi­ng) paradigm through deliberate action." Nicely put. We do need to find a new way to be as a planet to break free of these programs and hold backs around giving and receiving.
When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease

When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease

Commented Nov 7, 2010 at 11:29:41 in Home

“Thank you for your thought-provoking post, Donna.

It seems to me that the health care crisis was precipitated by an educational crisis. We are not teaching our children and young adults enough about the basics of how to create and sustain a healthy lifestyle. Rather than assign blame I feel we as informed consumers, educators, voters in a representative democracy and as stewards of the future have to use our precious (and increasingly scarce) energy to reestablish balance before the imbalance becomes chronic and self-perpetuating.

Preventive measures should be given more weight and intervention less. Prevention should be seen as "Primary Care" as pharmaceutical and surgery-based ("-ectomy") interventions should be the alternative if prevention is insufficient to maintain a healthy balance.”

hp blogger Donna Flagg on Nov 7, 2010 at 12:37:26

“Your raise a good point Gregg and that is that while it is one thing to trash the medical establishment for their recklessness with human health (guilty), part of the responsibility does also rest in the hands of the patients reaching for the easiest way out. The irony is that with the complications of medicine and misdiagnosis, I suspect it ends up being far from easy.”
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Why We Become Doctors

Commented Nov 7, 2010 at 11:03:10 in Home

“Thank you for another insightful article, Bernie. I've met many doctors like you who entered the profession based on a love for people and a desire to make their lives better and who struggled with the reality of practice - its constraints, pressures and lack of solace for those who truly care and I applaud every doctor who continues to have faith in a brighter future, where bodies are healed but more importantly, where lives are transformed because of the quality of care.

As an associate of mine likes to say, we need to make a shift from "impairment" medicine to "empowerment" medicine and I would think that a large majority of doctors would agree that the practice of medicine is much more than just getting people better. If you make people better without giving them the tools for living better, happier, healthier lives, then you're just sending them back out there to repeat - with greater energy and vigor - the things that landed them in your office in the first place!”
Health Care Crisis in America: The Way to Avoid It

Health Care Crisis in America: The Way to Avoid It

Commented Oct 28, 2010 at 20:56:53 in Home

“Wonderful article, Bernie! I agree that renovating health care will require a deeper adjustment in societal attitudes and behaviors, which will come more from inspiration than from education. Conversely, fundamental changes in medical education will shift future doctors' attitudes and behaviors. I'm excited about the integrative medicine programs popping up in virtually every medical school around the country and I feel that their holistic, collaborative approach will go a long way in healing our ailing health care system.”
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Amicable Breakup: HuffPost's Health Coverage Moves Out of Living Section, Gets Its Own Place

Commented Oct 26, 2010 at 08:39:07 in Home

“I am looking forward to reading the new section. Congratulations to Dr. Fitzgerald!”
The Death of Depth: Less and Less of More and More

The Death of Depth: Less and Less of More and More

Commented Jun 4, 2010 at 09:39:30 in Healthy Living

“As a father of two young boys I have been amazed by how dramatically different cartoons are when compared to those of my youth. I watched a clip of the Wonder Twins ("Wonder Twin Powers, Activate!") yesterday and couldn't believe how slow the scenes were, how metered the dialog and how long the pauses between thoughts. Compared to thirty seconds of Wubbzy, it was like watching grass grow!

I'm sure that we'lll need to strike some sort of a balance...time will tell. I hope for the sake of my children that they develop the capacity to enjoy watching the ripples from a pebble tossed into Walden Pond as much as they would skipping a rock into the stormy seas!

Thanks for your excellent article.”

Toonguy on Jun 4, 2010 at 09:49:57

“Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think Wubbzy is animated, so it's kind of like comparing apples and oranges. Wonder Twinfs (part of Super Friends) had to fill approx. 30 minutes of Saturday morning airtime on a shoestring budget so it doesn't surprise me that they'd "pad" the show with long stretches of talking heads. Compare that to the Tom and Jerry cartoons of 20-30 years prior where they only had about 7 minutes to fill (with characters that never spoke) and the action was usually non-stop.

It's been a while since shows for preschoolers have appeared in my home, but I recall that the most effective ones (in terms of grabbing the child's attention) used a lot of repetition. How can you tell? Just ask any child who has watched those shows to share one of their favorite songs - not only will they sing, but you'll probably get choregraphy, too!”
Relief For The Exhausted: A NYC Doc's Solution To The Energy Shortage Inside Of You

Relief For The Exhausted: A NYC Doc's Solution To The Energy Shortage Inside Of You

Commented Mar 2, 2010 at 16:48:05 in Healthy Living

“Thank you for this article, Dr. Fitzgerald! I really appreciate Dr. Lipman's emphasis on rhythm in living. I also look forward to being more sensitive to moving at the right pace at the right time!”
Calming The Shen: A Chinese Medicine Approach To A Good Night's Sleep

Calming The Shen: A Chinese Medicine Approach To A Good Night's Sleep

Commented Feb 5, 2010 at 20:59:09 in Healthy Living

“Thank you for this informative article, Dr. Fitzgerald. It's helpful to known about these alternatives to more serious and invasive treatment. My experiences with Traditional Chinese Medicine have been globally positive and I am thrilled that we're learning more about it in our country.”