Connect: 12 Vital Ties That Open Your Heart, Lengthen Your Life, and Deepen Your Soul

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 1, 2001 - Family & Relationships - 352 pages
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That last raise may be fattening your bank account, but it did nothing for your soul. The talk you had with your boss about your kids' schools, however, did. Although our culture is focused on achievement, it is not our accomplishments that sustain us. It is the connections we make along the way.
What are these connections? They are the feelings of being part of something that matters, something larger than ourselves, whether it is a friendship, marriage, team, company, or even a set of ideals. They can enrich your life, and their absence can shorten it. They are the key to what counts in life, and they are becoming harder and harder to make.
Now a noted psychiatrist outlines the steps we can take to make or reaffirm the connections that nourish the hungry heart. Through his own life experiences and those who have shared their stories with him, we learn of the great joy and peace that come from connecting, and the consequences of remaining detached. And we learn how to nurture that part of us which is so often neglected, and so very crucial to our emotional, psychological, and physical well-being -- our connections.
 

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Hallowell (Driven to Distraction) urges readers to "make time for connectedness," which he alternately defines as having person-to-person interaction or being involved with something greater than ... Read full review

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Hallowell argues convincingly for the priority of relationships in our lives. Well worth reading and thinking about about how well connected you are! Read full review

Contents

THE POWER OF HEARTFELT CONNECTIONS I
3
Speaking Personally Connection Saved My Life
22
Me and Mr S A Miracle of Connection
37
CREATING CONNECTIONS
51
4 You Are Already Rich in Connections
53
Institutions and Organizations
60
What Strings Our Hearts and Unstrings Them Too
64
Children The Agony and the Ecstasy
80
Ideas and Information
165
Creating a Connected School Shady Hill
182
Mission amid the Rubble One Connected Institution
191
Finding Your God Connecting to What Is Beyond
199
A Good Place for You to Grow
205
Tapping Your Creative Side
215
HOPES AND FEARS
223
The Community of Good People
239

Intimacy The Example of One Marriage
84
Friends
103
Work Part I Creating Good Chemistry
112
Work Part II The Value of the Human Moment
124
Beauty
141
The Past
147
Nature and Special Places
156
Pets and Other Animals
161
Be a Hero or a Star? Which Do
253
Breaking a Connection
260
When the Worst Happens The Death of a Child
269
SELFASSESSMENT AND PRACTICAL TIPS
283
Practically Speaking Tips on Creating
291
FINDING THE HEART OF YOUR LIFE
301
Acknowledgments
312
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Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., is a senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School and the director of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Concord, Massachusetts. He is the coauthor of Driven to Distraction and Answers to Distraction and the author of Worry. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts. His e-mail address is ehallowell@aol.com.

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