Do You Accept the Gift?

Focus on what others communicate, and try to receive that as a valuable offering. Open your mind to the good that is implicit or down deep in the other person.

Are You Feeling Unneeded Pain?

Deliberately tilt toward the positive in your mind, which is not looking through rose-colored glasses. Given the negativity bias in the brain, you're leveling the playing field.

What Are You Saying?

If you simply speak from your heart, have good intentions, and keep returning to the truth as you know it, it is hard not to speak wisely!

What Makes You Feel Threatened?

Be mindful of the degree to which your brain is wired to make you afraid, wired so that you walk around with an ongoing trickle of anxiety (a flood for some) to keep you on alert.

Who Do You Argue With?

Quarrels activate the ancient fight-or-flight machinery in your brain and body: a bit won't harm you, but regular quarreling is not good for long-term physical and mental health.

What's the Most Important Thing?

Keep your purpose close to your heart. And then every day, as soon as you remember, recommit to your life's purpose: rename it to yourself and give yourself over to it again.

What's in Your Heart to Say?

If you say what's true for you, and say it clearly and kindly, you get one kind of result. But if you use a sharp tongue, speak falsely, exaggerate, you get different results.

What Is an Open Heart?

Closing off doesn't feel good. It may feel necessary to distance yourself from another person for awhile or forever but in general, you never have to put anyone out of your heart.

What Do You Notice In People?

See the good in others - it's a simple but very powerful way to feel happier and more confident, and become more loving and more productive in the world.

How Do You Talk to People?

Good interactions build great relationships. Keep these points in mind when you communicate with others: be mindful of tone, consider your true purpose, say what needs to be said.

Are You Holding Onto Feeling Wronged?

Appreciate the value of forgiveness. Ask yourself: what does my grievance, my resentment, cost me? What does it cost others I care about? What would it be like to lay those burdens down?

What Do Others Give You?

Say Thanks - it's a small moment with big ripples: a confirmation of a wonderful truth - that we are all joined in a web of innumerable acts of giving.

What Are You Learning?

It shows you're paying attention, it gets things out in the open and it slows emotional conversations.

What Puts People at Ease?

Much of the time the fear we trigger in others is mild but people can feel threatened by stimuli they're not actually aware of.

What Do You Need?

For better or worse, what you do to others ripples back to you; what you do to yourself ripples out to others. Recognizing this in your belly and bones will change your life for the better. And it will change the lives of others for the better as well.

When Have People Been Caring?

Sometimes we feel embarrassed about our yearnings to be cared about. But they are completely normal - and deeply rooted in evolution. Love, broadly defined, has been the primary driver of the development of the brain over the last 80 million years.

What's Your Heart Saying?

Naming the truth - in particular the facts of one's experience, which no one can disprove - with simplicity and sincerity, and without contentiousness or blame, has great moral force.

What Are They Feeling?

Imagine a day at work like this, or in your family, aware of the surface behavior of the people around you but oblivious to their inner life while they remain unmoved by your own. That's a world without empathy. To me, it sounds like a horror film.

Friend or Foe?

Being friendly can make you feel confident and happy, have a positive take on other people, and move toward the world instead of backing away from it.

Do You Care?

Compassion is natural. You don't have to force it — moments of compassion come in the flow of life. Try to be open to compassion — including all beings, omitting none.

Where Does It Hurt?

Look at the faces of the people around you and open up to their suffering but be careful not to be overwhelmed by it. Take it in small doses. Watch and listen to those closest to you. What's hurting over there? Face it, even if you have to admit that you are one of its causes. Opening up to suffering is one of the bravest things you can do.

Who Is Behind the Mask?

Much of the time, we interact mask-to-mask with other people. There's a place for that. But remember times when someone saw through your mask to the real you, the person back behind your eyes.

Eat Right

Good nutrition is a key part of maintaining your energy as a parent. Eating healthy helps parents stay good-humored and patient with children, even when the oatmeal starts flying. With this in mind, here is your daily Mother Nurture recipe, designed specifically with a parent's nutritional needs in mind. It's got just seven ingredients. This recipe is good for anyone.

Turn Anger Into A Peaceful Heart

Fortunately, there's a healthy middle path between tight-lipped self-censoring and boiling-over rage. These three things will help guide you to find peace. 1) Stop Things from Building Up 2) Understand What's Making You Angry 3) Find Key Ways to Turn Anger into Peace

Parent From the Same Page

Minor differences in parenting style are okay. But children get confused when there are major differences in their parents’ approaches, and become more likely to play one parent against the other. Here are five ways to work effectively with your partner and get the best possible results.

Refill Your Cupboard

Stress builds up over time, so it's important to do small things throughout the day to keep the stress meter in the "green zone." There are many ways to lower the sense of stress in your mind or body, even in the middle of a busy day.

Stay Well

Make sure they are getting enough sleep and that they are eating correctly, doing exercise regularly, avoiding health hazards, and having regular checkups.

Lower Your Stress

Every so often, stop all that doing for a bit. Perhaps the In Box is empty, the baby's asleep, and the bills are in the mail. The urgency of the daily round falls away and a quiet fills the air. Thoughts slow down, no longer grabbed and jostled by tasks. There is presence in this moment, and no worries about the future.

Being at Peace With the Pain of Others

When you recognize the truth of others' pain, it is strangely calming. You still care about the other person, and you do what you can, but you see that this pain and its causes are a tiny part of a larger and mostly impersonal whole.

Be Amazed

Try to see more of your world as if you are seeing it for the first time, perhaps through the eyes of a child. If you're not amazed, you're not paying attention. If we were brave enough to be more often filled with wonder and surprise, we would treat ourselves, others, and our fragile world more gently.

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