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John T. Cacioppo and William Patrick

This is one of my favorite books.  A compelling look at how our brains are hot-wired for relationships.

Cacioppo, J.T. and Patrick, W. (2008).
Loneliness: Human Nature and the need for social connection. New York: WW Norton and Company.

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Pema Chodron

Pema Chodron is an American Buddhist nun and resident teacher at Gampo Abbey, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners.  Her books are remarkable for their clarity and common sense.  A must, I think, for anyone who wants to bring relief to the people who suffer in the world.

Chodron, P. (1991).
The Wisdom of No Escape And The Path of Loving-Kindness .  Boston: Shambhala.

Chodron, P. (1994). 
Start Where You Are: A Guide To Compassionate Living. Boston: Shambhala.

Chodron, P. (1997).
When things fall apart: Heart advice for difficult times.  Boston: Shambhala.

Chodron, P. (2001).
The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times. Boston: Shambhala

Chodron, P. (2002).
Comfortable with uncertainty: 108 teachings. Boston: Shambhala.

Pema Chodron's books are available in many bookstores (usually in the Eastern Philosophy/Tibetan Buddhism section). You can also find a complete listing at Shambhala Publications.

Stephen Covey

Time management strategies are everywhere.  Many of us are getting more done, in less time, than ever.  But many of us feel that we are still not getting time to do the things that we think matter most (e.g., move from traditional services to person-centered services, spend time with our families, exercise more).  Stephen Covey argues that the reason is that we are not principled in our time management strategies.  His book, written with A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca Merrill provides lots of helpful information for getting to those things that make our lives worthwhile.

Covey, S., Merrill, A.R. & Merrill, R. (1996).
First Things First: To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy. Covey Publications.

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