The Power of Deep Listening

“The intention of deep listening and loving speech is to restore communications, because once communication is restored, everything is possible.”Thich Nhat Hanh I'll bet that you can relate to this scenario: It’s a beautiful Saturday fall morning. You are sitting across from a close friend in an outdoor café, thrilled to be catching up in... Continue Reading →

Creating New Beginnings

As F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in The Great Gatsby: “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” The fall of 2021 promises to be a time of new beginnings for many, as record numbers of people are changing jobs in 2021 and many others may still be figuring out how to... Continue Reading →

Beach Reads

Although mindless fiction is sometimes just what the doctor ordered in the summer, my favorite books this time of year are ones that inspire my curiosity, keep me entertained and make me think without making me feel emotionally drained. With a little help from our friends, we have compiled a short selection of fiction that... Continue Reading →

Summer Reading

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and for me, that usually signifies the start of voluminous reading season. In a typical year, our family’s schedules begin to wind down in tandem with the weather warming up, but this year has been anything but typical. Thankfully, temperatures are getting milder right on time here... Continue Reading →

Big Friendship📚

Anyone who has felt the pain of having a dear friend move far away, and I don’t think many of us make it into adulthood without that experience, would be able to relate to the underlying premise of the book Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close. Less relatable might be going to couples... Continue Reading →

Podcast #2: Ambition📚

Have you ever wondered whatever happened to that overachieving kid from your freshman dorm? Or what about that sorority girl who could plan the biggest campus fundraiser of the year, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and dating the hot frat guy? Well, Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace did, and they turned their quest for answers... Continue Reading →

The Science of Friendship📚

One of the first books on our reading list when we started the research process for LOF was Lydia Denworth’s latest work, Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond. This sweeping compilation of the emerging science behind our basic human need to connect fascinated us and inspired us to continue laying the foundation for our... Continue Reading →

Together📚

When Sara and I decided to develop a blog on the topic of friendship, we were only vaguely aware of the scientifically proven link between friendships and physical health. As we dove into books covering this subject, one unexpectedly wonderful read we discovered was Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World, written by Vivek Murthy, MD.   In this well-written and engaging book, Dr. Murthy vividly makes the case for... Continue Reading →

Daring Greatly📚

“Connection is why we’re here. We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it there is suffering.” Brené Brown My sister gave me Brené Brown’s bestselling book Daring Greatly a few years ago as a gift. I wasn’t sure if she was trying to tell... Continue Reading →

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