Cher-Reading Favorite Spiritual Books

In September, I posted a list of favorite books I’ve read this year and have continued to update the list with new favorites. Here is a list specific to my favorite spiritual books that I have read! If you are Catholic, or are looking for inspiration, you might want to take a look at these books. They also make for excellent presents!

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Books by Ronald Rolheiser
Ronald Rolheiser, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He is a community-builder, lecturer, and writer. As a Catholic author and religious speaker he is influential to those who face struggles in life. His books address the lonely, the distraught, the abused and wounded, the forgotten, the heart of those struggling with God, and those longing for God on a deeper spiritual level. He shows how God is present amidst suffering, restlessness, anxiety, jealousies, and obsessions and the importance of prayer as part of everyday life. In his books, he explains that each life seeks fulfillment for our innate longing for God. Fr. Rolheiser brings empathy, hope, consolation, and inspiration with his writings. Once you read one book, you’ll want to read his entire collection! I enjoyed all of them.

The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality
by Ronald Rolheiser
This book explains Christian spirituality and the universal struggle for love and integration of spirit explaining God and the Church for a world that more often than not doubts the credibility of both.

Seeking Spirituality
by Ronald Rolheiser
Find out Christian spirituality is and why we struggle with it. He gives practical advice on how to build a spirituality for today and for the next century.

Our One Great Act of Fidelity: Waiting for Christ in the Eucharist
by Ronald Rolheiser
Delve into the history and meaning of this sacred tradition with this explanation of the Eucharist.

The Shattered Lantern: Rediscovering a Felt Presence of God
by Ronald Rolheiser
Rediscover how faith makes sense and the real presence of God.

Living in the Sacred: Spirituality for Everyday Life
by Ronald Rolheiser
Learn how to live spirituality in everyday life as disciples of Christ and stay true to commitments living selflessly for others.

Prayer: Our Deepest Longing
by Ronald Rolheiser
Learn the importance of prayer and how to pray, using examples from daily life, Scripture, and contemporary writers.

A Christian Guide to Spirituality:
Foundations for Disciples (Christian Spirituality Book 1)

by Ronald Rolheiser
This guide includes 50 daily devotions. Each topic is treated with a scriptural reference, reflection, prayer, and questions for discussion.

The Passion and the Cross
by Ronald Rolheiser
These meditations on the Passion and the Cross invites you to a new understanding of redemption and offers insight into the meaning of your own loss and suffering.

The Restless Heart: Finding Our Spiritual Home in Times of Loneliness
by Ronald Rolheiser
Connectiveness has changed in the modern world of cell phones and instant messaging. This book discusses the different types of loneliness and the dangers and opportunities they represent in our lives.

Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas
by Ronald Rolheiser
This book shows us God’s love is unconditional and the importance of forgiveness.

Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity
by Ronald Rolheiser
Be inspired on a journey of Christian maturity in pursuit of the most holy of all passions—a deep and lasting intimacy with God.

Wrestling with God: Finding Hope and Meaning in Our Daily Struggles to Be Human
by Ronald Rolheiser
Find hope and meaning in daily struggles, finding a path for faith in a world struggling to find faith, and a rhythm within which to walk that path.

Bruised And Wounded: Struggling To Understand Suicide
by Ronald Rolheiser
Work through the grief associated with the trauma of experiencing a loss from suicide.


Eucharist
The Key the Doctrine of the Eucharist
by Abbot Vonier, foreword Peter Kreeft and Aiden Nichols
The richness of the sacrament of the Eucharist and the biblical meaning behind the tradition of the sacrifice at the Mass is explained in this book. I enjoyed this book so much, I read it twice.


Mary
Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross
by Edward Sri
Mary was obedient to God’s will, continuing to say yes even under the most difficult circumstances always trusting and believing in humbleness and obedience. This book takes a journey through Mary’s life and shows how she lives her life, filled with faith, with examples that can be applied to our own journey.


Jesus
Jesus, The Way, the Truth and The Life
by Marcellino D’Ambrosio
If you have ever struggled with reading the Bible, this book pieces the stories and books of the Bible together with clarity using everyday language. There are interesting historical tidbits and facts included which enrich a person’s understanding of the Bible and the time in history in which Jesus lived.


Virtues
The Power of Humility
by Fr. Candice Bourke
This book explains what being humble means in relation to God, other people, and in the way a person views themself. The power of humility changes a person to live a more virtuous life.


Prayer
15 Days of Prayer with Thomas Merton
by Andre Gozier, O.S.B.
Thomas Merton, a Cistercian monk, draws from classic and monastic spirituality with daily suggestions of how to pray to have a stronger relationship with God.


Spiritual Guidance
Thank You for Being Such a Pain. Spiritual Guidance for Dealing with Difficult People.
by Mark I. Rosen, PhD
This book provides spiritual guidance on how to deal with people who can be challenging and advice on how to work through troublesome relationships. There are several enlightening quotes and stories throughout this book to enjoy and learn from as gems of inspiration.

Related article with inspirational books & media by Joel and Victoria Osteen:
Spiritual Encouragement: Turning to Prayer and Meditation to Find Encouragement


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Movies. Affiliates. Holiday Shopping.

Enjoying @Cherbloggin and want to holiday shop for products listed from an article from a few months ago but you can’t quite remember which article it was? Here is a list of all of the movies from the articles that have been shared on Cherbloggin.com so far! Shop from the original article page or from this compiled list. Affiliate Amazon subscriptions are also available for select movies.

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Happy holidays!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS OF MOVIE CATEGORIES

Homelessness | Etiquette | Security | Privacy | Bullying | Abuse | Dating | Communication Volunteering | COVID-19 | Behavior & Training | Music | Animation | Cooking | Travel

Blindside
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron
Rated: PG-13
Related article: Jackie’s Journey

Chocolat
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina
Rated: PG-13
Related article: Respect the Box of Chocolates

The Circle
Starring: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega
Related article: Rape Part II: Stealing Someone’s Life, The Pertinence of Privacy and Permission

Miss Congeniality
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt
Related article: Etiquette to Please

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Regina King, Enrique Murciano
Related article: Etiquette to Please

Cyberbully (DVD)
Starring: Emily Osment (Actor), Kay Panabaker (Actor), Charles Binam (Director)
Related article: The Sick of Social Impolite

Forrest Gump
Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise
Rated: PG-13
Related article: Respect the Box of Chocolates

Hitch
Starring: Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James
Rated: PG-13
Related article: Dating: A Question of Dignity and Respect

Homeless
Starring: Christine Lahti, Jeff Daniels 
Rated: Unrated
Related article: Jackie’s Journey

Jexi
Starring: Adam Devine, Alexandra Shipp, Michael Peña
Rated: R
Read a product recommendation: Jexi

Paddington
Starring: Ben Whishaw, Nicole Kidman, Michael Gambon
Rating: PG
Related article: Cher-Reading List

Turner and Hooch
Starring: Tom Hanks
Rated: PG
Related article: You Know I’m Bad—for Some Moore…

Salvation Army  
Starring: Said Mrini, Karim Ait M’Hand
Rated: Unrated
Related article: Jackie’s Journey

Trafficked 
Starring: Ashley Judd, Elisabeth Röhm, Sean Patrick Flanery
Rating:R-Rating (parents be advised)
Related articles: Sex Trafficking Lite

Christian Movies
Christmas Movies

Documentaries
A Courtship
Starring: Kelly Boggus, Ron Wright, Dawn Wright
Related articles: How Dating Has Changed PODCAST

Shouting Fire: Stories From The Edge Of Free Speech
Director: Liz Garbus
Documentary
Rating: NR
Related articles: The Signs of Communication

Anniversary Special Edition
We are the World – The Story Behind the Song (20th Anniversary Special Edition)
Starring: Jane Fonda, Michael Jackson
Related articles: Introspect on Respect

How-To DVDs
The Volunteer’s Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis: A DVD Study
4-session, video-based study
Starring: Rich Van Pelt and Jim Hancock
Related article: Spring Into Kindness: Cross Country

Paul Owens, The Original Dog Whisperer presents Welcome Home! Ultimate Training Guide For All Newly-Adopted Puppies and Dogs
Directed by: Lana Von Haught
Starring: Paul Owens
Rating: NR
Related article: You Know I’m Bad—for Some Moore…

Children’s Animated Movies
How to Train Your Dragon
Directed by: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson

Rating: PG
Watch with Amazon Prime Membership, Buy or Rent
Related article: You Know I’m Bad—for Some Moore…

Tangled
Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi
Directors: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard 
Rating: PG
Format: DVD
This 2010 Disney, computer-animated, musical fantasy film is based on the story of Rapunzel, who has magical long-hair with powers to glow and heal. She lives in a castle secluded from the world with her stepmother. After befriending a runaway thief named Flynn in the castle, she convinces him to help her escape and see the world which leads her to her parents. A bright, light-hearted movie for any age!
Related article: Cher-Reading List

Sing
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane 
Director: Garth Jennings
Rating: PG
Format: DVD
This 2016, light-hearted, computer-animated, movie produced by Illumination released by Universal Pictures, is filled with music and funny scenes that are sure to make you laugh. Singing animals, each with their own personality, showcase their talents in a singing competition which results in saving their favorite theater. If you love music and animated films—this is one you won’t want to miss.
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Online Episodes – Amazon Prime
Bonkers Burgers
8 episodes
From golden buns to the world’s cheesiest cheeseburgers, INSIDER has seen some truly bonkers burgers! Watch these shows by worldwide chefs!
Related article: Order to Go

Make Your Own Jam
An online cooking class with techniques of how-to can jam. Learn about jam, choosing the right fruits, and how to prepare and cook fruit before canning it.
Related article: Cox Berry Farm’s Fresh Fruit Farmers Market

Places to Go – Your Passport to the World
Host Matt Griffith gives a guided tour to countries around the world in Season 2 with these twenty episodes. 2019. Rating: TV-14 | CC
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Here is a list of all of the books from the articles that have been shared on Cherbloggin.com so far! Shop from the original article page or from this compiled list. Affiliate Amazon subscriptions are also available for e-books and audio book formats.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS OF BOOK CATEGORIES
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Discrimination & Diversity | Online Dating & Dating | Singles

Human Dignity & Relationships | Behaviors in Humans and Animals/Psychology |
Learning Styles | Classroom | Interactive Learning

Freedom of Speech | Civility & Etiquette

Successful Communication
(Phrases, Workplace, Interpersonal Communication, Freedom of Speech, Communication Vices, Healing Communication, Cellular Communication, Compliments) | Presentations

Verbal Abuse | Cyberbullying

Artificial Intelligence | Surveillance | Privacy Concerns/Right to Privacy & Legislation

Gifting | Parenting | Family | Children’s Books on Kindness | Kindness/Empathy – Daily Living, Inspirational, Business

Digital Marketing | Blogging | Software

Business Team Building | Customer Service

Southern Culture and Civility | Recipes | Canning Preserves

Non-Profit/Volunteer | Employment | Homelessness | Sex Education/Sex Trafficking | COVID / Coronavirus

Self-Improvement | Encouragement | Catholic | Christian Inspiration

Poetry | Fitness | Film Industry | Plays | Holiday Books | Travel


Discrimination & Diversity
Eliminating stereotypes helps discard prejudices that causes exclusion, disparity, and hate. Often discrimination is thought of as being racial. Countering prejudices brings back an appreciation of the diverse melting pot of cultures and beliefs our country was founded on.

Related articles:
Easy Attacks, Introspect on Respect,
Cultivation of Empathy, Respect the Box of Chocolates

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do
by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD

Discrimination and Disparities
by Thomas Sowell

The Plot to Change America: How Identity Politics is Dividing the Land of the Free
by Mike Gonzalez

Taking on Diversity: How We Can Move from Anxiety to Respect
by Rupert W. Nacoste

Diversity and Inclusion The Submarine Way:
What Life Underwater Taught Me About Inclusion

by John Gregory Vincent and Deborah Cake Fortin


COVID / Coronavirus
Read inspirational stories about how people have
reached out to others during the pandemic.

Related articles:
Go Viral: Clean Up, COVID-19 and Sporting Kindness
Artificial Intelligence and Education, Dating Online: Spooked or In for a Treat?
Social Wishes, Volunteer Services

What Kids Did: Stories of Kindness and Invention in the Time of COVID-19
by Erin Silver 

People of Faith: Rising Above COVID-19 (Kindle Version)
by All Faiths Network UK All Faiths Network UK 

Volunteers During Covid-19 (Community Helpers During Covid-19)
by Robin Johnson

Making Your Own Face Mask at Home: DIY Face Mask
by Elizabeth Clarke


Singles
Single and happy, or feeling singled out and needing encouragement?
It can be a challenge to be a single in a couple’s world. Here are books on
how to enjoy the single life and be happy living life.

Related articles:
Encourage a Single, The Single Scoop: Encouragement for Singles

Dating Online or In for a Treat?

Happy Singlehood: The Rising Acceptance and Celebration of Solo Living
by Elyakim Kislev

How to Be Single and Happy: Science-Based Strategies for Keeping Your Sanity While Looking for a Soul Mate
by Jennifer Taitz

Thrive: The Single Life as God Intended
by Lina AbuJamra

How to Be Single and Happy:
Science-Based Strategies for Keeping Your Sanity While Looking for a Soul Mate

by Jennifer Taitz

Single: The Art of Being Satisfied, Fulfilled and Independent
by Judy Ford

Living Alone and Loving It
by Barbara Feldon


Online Dating & Dating
Interested in learning tips for dating online during COVID, searching on social networks for that special someone, and using text, video, and emojis properly to meet and date? Dive into the history of dating, learn how to establish boundaries, be reminded of good manners and etiquette, and how to build quality relationships for successful dating online and in person.

Related articles:
Dating: A Question of Dignity and Respect, Dating: How to Ask,
Dating: Dignity Deserved, How Dating has Changed PODCAST
,
Dating Online or In for a Treat?

Virtual Dating: Your Guide to a Relationship in a Socially Distanced World
by Aleeza Ben Shalom

The Grown Woman’s Guide to Online Dating:
Lessons Learned While Swiping Right, Snapping Selfies, and Analyzing Emojis
by Margot Starbuck

Love is in the Mouse: Online Dating for Women: Crush your Rivals and Start Dating Extraordinary Men (Relationship and Dating Advice for Women)
by Gregg Michaelsen

The Online Dating Guide for Men:
How to Get a Girlfriend, Text, Meet, & Talk to Women on the Internet
by Brett Andrews

Online Dating Journal: Dating Dinner Cover-Book
Tracking & Recorder Dating Journal
by Lawrence Fara

The Ultimate Online Dating Manual:
Fill Your Calendar with Dates with the Women You Want to Meet (Audiobook)
by Blackdragon (Author, Narrator), DCS International (Publisher)

The Curious History of Dating: From Jane Austen to Tinder
by Nichi Hodgson   

Essential Manners for Men: What to Do, When to Do It, and Why
by Peter Post

Boundaries in Dating: How Healthy Choices Grow Healthy Relationships
by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Dating for Dummies
by Joy Browne

Dating Guru’s Dating Etiquette Guide:
The Expert Guide to the Dos and Dont’s of Dating – Kindle

by James Preece

Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction
and Discover the Power of Intimacy
by Ken Page


Human Dignity & Relationships
In a culture where respect has been redefined, human dignity also starts to slip. Be reminded of respect for others and the value of each human life. Read about dignity and learn how to build stronger relationships and interactions with people.

Related articles:
Leading a Restoration of Dignity, Introspect on Respect,
Eyes Seeing You Camera Invasion, The Pertinence of Privacy and Permission,
Rape Part I: Physical Sexual Assault, Rape Part II: Stealing Someone’s Life

Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict
by Donna Hicks, PhD

Leading with Dignity: How to Create a Culture That Brings Out the Best in People
by Donna Hicks, PhD

My Path from Doormat to Dignity: A Personal Story 
by Jane Bartelmes

Relationships: A Mess Worth Making
by Tim S. Lane 

Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition:
When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life

by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

A Young Woman’s Guide to Setting Boundaries:
Six Steps to Help Teens *Make Smart Choices *Cope with Stress *
Untangle Mixed-Up Emotions

by Allison Bottke

Saving Face: How to Preserve Dignity and Build Trust
by Maya Hu-Chan

Human(Kind): How Reclaiming Human Worth and Embracing Radical Kindness Will Bring Us Back Together
by Ashlee Eiland and Danielle Strickland

Respect the Image: Reflecting Human Worth in How We Listen and Talk
by Timothy M. Shorey

Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment
by Francis Fukuyama, P. J. Ochlan, et al.

The Dignity Revolution: Reclaiming God’s Rich Vision for Humanity
by Daniel Darling and christianaudio.com

Breaking Ranks: Dignity For All (Audible audiobook)
by Robert Fuller, Michael Toms

Male vs. Man:
How to Honor Women, Teach Children,
and Elevate Men to Change the World
by Dondré T. Whitfield

How to Look Elegant Every Day!:
Colors, Makeup, Clothing, Skin & Hair, Posture and More

by Virginia Li


Behaviors in Humans and Animals/Psychology
Interested in psychology? Find out more about human behavior, the stages of psychosocial development, correctional services and therapy available to get deviated behavior back on track. If you have a pet you might want to read how humans and animals learn behavior in similar ways, and discover how conditioning causes similar results. Or if in the mood for a fiction book, read a thought-provoking novel that will leave you considering
what happens when behavior is controlled to extremes so as to dictate how to live that changes the course of mankind.

Related articles:
Learning Behavioral Patterns, From the View of Private I,
You Know I’m Bad—for Some Moore…

Research Methods in Psychology: Investigating Human Behavior
by Paul G. Nestor (Author), and Russel K. Schutt (Author)

Human-Canine Behavior Connection
by Marissa Martino

Psychiatric Services in Correctional Facilities
by American Psychiatric Association (Author)

The ABCs of Human Behavior: Behavioral Principles for the Practicing Clinician
by Jonas Ramnero PhD (Author), Niklas Törneke MD (Author)

The Stages of Psychosocial Development According to Erik H. Erikson
by Stephanie Scheck 

Patterns of Behavior:
Konrad Lorenz, Niko Tinbergen, and the Founding of Ethology

by Richard W. Burkhardt Jr.

Learning Cognitive-behavior Therapy: An Illustrated Guide
(Core Competencies in Psychotherapy)

by Dr Jesse H Wright MD PhD (Author), Gregory K Brown (Author),
Michael E Thase M D (Author), Monica Ramirez Basco PH D (Author), Glen O Gabbard (Editor)

1984
by George Orwell


Learning Styles
Knowing how the brain learns can help transform your life. Different learning styles and environments can affect how a person learns. Understanding this can help you learn faster and retain information better. Likewise, instructors can develop curriculum to meet different learning styles of students for greater success in the classroom.

Related articles:
How Learning Styles Differ Between Adults and Children,
How the Brain Learns, LeClaude Learning Center

Understanding Learning Styles (Professional Resources)
by Jeanna Sheve, Kelli Allen, Vicki Nieter

Discover Your Child’s Learning Style:
Children Learn in Unique Ways – Here’s the Key to Every Child’s Learning Success

by Mariaemma Willis, Victoria Kindle Hodson

How You Learn Is How You Live: Using Nine Ways of Learning to Transform Your Life
by Kay Peterson and David A. Kolb

Adult Learning Basics
by William J. Rothwell

How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts, and Cultures (Informal Learning)
by and Medicine National Academies of Sciences, Engineering (Author), Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (Author), Board on Science Education (Author), and Sensory Sciences Board on Behavioral, Cognitive (Author), & 1 more Committee on How People Learn II: The Science and Practice of Learning (Author)

How the Brain Learns
by David A. Sousa

How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine
by Stanislas Dehaene

How the Gifted Brain Learns
by David A. Sousa

Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power
by Lisa Mosconi PhD

Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster,
and Unlock Your Exceptional Life
by Jim Kwik

Complete Learning Center Book
by Rebecca Isbell

Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning:
Preschool Through Fourth Grade

by Joan Packer Isenberg and Mary Renck Jalongo

Creating Environments for Learning: Birth to Age Eight (3rd Edition)
by Julie Bullard

Creative Learning in Higher Education
by Linda S. Watts and Patrick Blessinger

The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas:
500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids
Ages 3-12 (Prima Home Learning Library)
by Linda Dobson


Classroom
Are you a teacher? Learn ways to incorporate empathy and compassion into the classroom. Understanding diversity and the needs of students helps bridge the gap to create a welcoming classroom environment.

Related article: Cultivation of Empathy in the Classroom

Teaching with Compassion
by Peter Kaufman, Janine Schipper

Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice (Hack Learning Series)
by Nathan Maynard and Brad Weinstein

There Is No Problem You Can’t Make Worse: Nine Rules For Kindness, Empathy And A Value Added Classroom From A Mentor Teacher
by Antonio J. Hopson

Start Where You Are, But Don’t Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, and Teaching in Today’s Classrooms
by H. Richard Milner IV and Gloria Ladson-Billing


Interactive Learning
The dynamics which interactive learning brings to students is now not a commodity but a standard. Learn strategies of how to incorporate interactive learning as part of curriculum.

Read article: Interactive Children’s Media, Media Kit

Classroom Strategies for Interactive Learning
by Doug Buehl

Michael Allen’s Guide to e-Learning:
Building Interactive, Fun, and Effective Learning Programs for Any Company

by Michael W. Allen and Tony Bingham

Interaction Online:
Creative Activities for Blended Learning

(Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers)
by Lindsay Clandfield and Jill Hadfield


Artificial Intelligence
Learn how artificial intelligence is being used within education to redefine the classroom today and how it will continue to be an integral part education and training programs in the future. With the ability to customize learning paths for students, students are able to advance at their own pace. Whether used to supplement teacher in-classroom instruction, or as a means for remote online learning, students and teachers both benefit from the contributions of AI.

Artificial Intelligence In Education:
Promises and Implications for Teaching and Learning
by Charles Fadel

Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (The MIT Press)
by Joseph E. Aoun

Artificial Intelligence, Mixed Reality, and the Redefinition of the Classroom
(The Futures Series on Community Colleges)

by Scott M. Martin (Author) and Christopher Jennings (Contributor)


Surveillance
Who is watching? Check out this book to read up on surveillance which is such a big part of today’s environment. See how cameras have been used in the past for surveillance.

Related articles:
Learning Behavioral Patterns, From the View of Private I
Eyes Seeing You: Camera Invasion

Handbook of Surveillance Technologies: History & Applications
by J.K. Petersen 


Freedom of Speech
Learn more about the historical background of the First Amendment of the Constitution, why it was created, and what it includes. Having the Freedom of Speech as a right and liberty is fairly free but there are still parameters which can be brought to court in a civil lawsuit. Read more about the laws and norms regarding free speech and censorship in the United States. Find out what is protected, unprotected, restricted and regulated.

Related articles:
The Signs of Communication, SAY…WHAT!?! About Speech

Freedom of Speech: Rights and Liberties under the Law (America’s Freedoms)
by Ken I. Kersch

Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World
by Timothy Garton Ash

Free Speech and Censorship: Examining the Facts (Contemporary Debates)
by Harold L. Pohlman


Successful Communication
Communication is such an essential part of today’s world. Whether it is for business, personal, in person, or online using social media, how you communicate is a reflection of you and is your reputation. Delve into these books to learn more about the art of how to phrase what you communicate more effectively, build interpersonal skills by the way you speak at work, how to have more successful conversations with clarity, overcoming negative communication habits, and electronic communication vices and essentials.

Related articles:
Words & Phrases: How To Phrase It, Random Acts of Kindness: Speech Workout,
Rolling Out Rude. Rebutting Rudeness, The Sick of Social Impolite,
The Power of Encouragement at Work, Goals for Speech,
Tips for Preparing for a Good Presentation, How-To Say I Love You PODCAST,
Choo It… Express Kind!, What Is Considered Rude Speech?,
How-To Phrase It: And You Can Quote Me PODCAST, Swearing Not My Type,
SAY…WHAT!?! About Speech, Linguistic Linguine: The Multi-Conversationalists,
Tongue Tied: How To Lick the Rudeness by Using Better Etiquette PODCAST,
The Signs of Communication, Movie Review: Jexi

PHRASES

How to Say It, Third Edition:
Choice Words, Phrases, Sentences, and Paragraphs for Every Situation

by Rosalie Maggio

Key Phrases For Powerful Communications: A Guide of over 3,500 Phrases for Business, Professional and Personal Success
by James E. Neal, Jr.

Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People: Over 325 Ready-to-Use Words and Phrases for Working with Challenging Personalities
by Renee Evenson

Perfect Phrases for Building Strong Teams: Hundreds of Ready-to-Use Phrases for Fostering Collaboration, Encouraging Communication, and Growing a Winning Team (Perfect Phrases Series)
by Linda Eve Diamond

WORKPLACE

The Million Dollar Greeting:
Today’s Best Practices for Profit, Customer Retention, and a Happy Workplace

by Dan Sachs and Janet Scott

Ninety-Nine Activities and Greetings:
Great for Morning Meeting…and Other Meetings Too!

by Melissa Correa-Connolly

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

Interplay: The Process of Interpersonal Communication 
by Ronald B. Rosenfeld, Lawrence B. Rosenfeld, Russell F. Proctor II

Interpersonal Communication: Everyday Encounters
by Julia T. Wood

Interplay: The Process of Interpersonal Communication
by Ronald Adle, Lawrence Rosenfeld, Russell Proctor II

Business English Vocabulary Builder:
Powerful Idioms, Sayings and Expressions to Make You Sound Smarter in Business!

by Lingo Mastery

The Magic of Communication Styles: Understanding Yourself And Those Around You
by Paul Endress

That’s Not What I Meant!: How Conversational Style Makes or Breaks Relationships
by Deborah Tannen

Simply Said: Communicating Better at Work and Beyond
by Jay Sullivan

Communication Skills: A Practical Guide to Improving Your Social Intelligence, Presentation, Persuasion and Public Speaking (Positive Psychology Coaching Series Book) (Volume 9)
by Ian Tuhovsky

How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships
by Leil Lowndes

Conversationally Speaking:
Tested New Ways to Increase Your Personal and Social Effectiveness

by Alan Garner

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World
by Timothy Garton Ash

Speak If Thou Dare:
An Absolutist Defence of the Freedom of Speech in the Age of Enforced Silence

by Michael Tapakoudes

COMMUNICATION VICES

Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue
by Matthew C. Mitchell and Edward T. Welch

30 Days to Taming Your Tongue:
What You Say (and Don’t Say) Will Improve Your Relationships

by Deborah Smith Pegues

Toxic to Transformed 100 Words of Life to Renew the Mind:
A Verbal & Emotional Abuse Recovery Devotional

by Donna L. Lewis

I Hear You: The Surprisingly Simple Skill Behind Extraordinary Relationships
by Michael S. Sorenson 

Lose Your Slang
by Perry Mark Stratychuk

Mind over Memes: Passive Listening, Toxic Talk, and Other Modern Language Follies
by Diana Senechal

Successful Women Speak Differently:
9 Habits That Build Confidence, Courage, and Influence

by Valorie Burton

Speak Life: Creating Your World With Your Words
by Katherine Ruonala and James W Goll 

Negative Self-Talk and How to Change It
by Shad Helmstetter

HEALING COMMUNICATION

Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World
by Vivek H. Murthy, MD

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships (Nonviolent Communication Guides
Part of: Nonviolent Communication Guides (10 Books)
by Marshall B. Rosenberg and Deepak Choprac

How Do You Say I Love You?
by Hannah Eliot and Shirley Ng-Benitez

Ways to Say I Love You: To Those You Love the Most  
by Stephen Arterburn, Carl Dreizler, and Jan Dargatz

4 Essential Keys to Effective Communication in Love, Life, Work–Anywhere!:
Including the “12-Day Communication Challenge!”

by Bento C. Leal III

CELLULAR COMMUNICATION

How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life
by Catherine Price 

12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You
by Tony Reinkeand John Piper

Communication Works
by Teri K Gamble and Michael Gamble

COMPLIMENTS

Speaking Kind Words: Improve your relationship with heartfelt words
by Janelle and Rob Alex, Rob Alex

Simply Charming: Compliments and Kindness for All Occasions
by Christie Matheson

The Art of the Compliment: Using Kind Words with Grace and Style
by Christie Matheson

The Compliment Quotient:
Boost Your Spirits, Spark Your Relationships and Uplift the World

by Monica Strobel

Emergency Compliment
by Megs Senk

The Compliment Quotient:
Boost Your Spirits, Spark Your Relationships and Uplift the World

by Monica Strobel


Presentations
Giving a presentation in person or virtually is more effective if you are able to speak with confidence and are able to engage your audience. Master how to master communication as a presenter. Capture your audience’s attention, educating them while being able to meet your goal for delivery. Incorporate techniques for becoming a better speaker after being inspired by the secrets you discover in these books.

Speak With Confidence:
Powerful Presentations That Inform, Inspire and Persuade
by Dianna Booher

Obama’s Secrets:
How to Speak and Communicate with Power and a Little Magic
by Gil Peretz and Nili Peretz 

Improve Your Virtual Meetings: How to Communicate from Anywhere, Master Video and Conference Calls, and Collaborate Like a Pro
by John Arthur

Rule the Room: A Unique, Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Making a Successful Presentation
by Jason Teteak 

Speak So Your Audience Will Listen:
7 steps to Confident and Authentic Public Speaking
by Robin Kermode (Author, Narrator)

Public Speaking for Success: The Complete Program, Revised and Updated
by Dale Carnegie


Verbal Abuse
Misuse of communication can be abusive and destroy relationships. Read about the emotional effects verbal abuse can cause and learn how to recognize and respond to it by reading stories from survivors.

Related article: Swearing Not My Type

The Verbally Abusive Relationship,
Expanded Third Edition: How to recognize it and how to respond
by Patricia Evan

Verbal and Emotional Abuse
[June Hunt Hope for the Heart Series]
by June Hunt

Verbal Abuse:
Survivors Speak Out on Relationship and Recovery
by Patricia Evan


Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying is a form of abuse from misuse of communication online. As a form of bullying, cyberbullying can be just as harmful causing damage to the victim through texted hate speech, sharing of harmful videos, posting insults and threats, and revealing unnecessary information online about another person as public information. Learn more about cyberbullying and how to respond to it to protect yourself and your children online.

Related article: The Sick of Social Impolite

Bullying and Cyberbullying: What Every Educator Needs to Know
by Elizabeth Kandel Englander

How to protect your kids of cyberbullying (Bullying: What to do)
by Nora Smith


Civility & Etiquette
Reacting to rudeness can be challenging. Choosing to maintain pose and responding with respect and etiquette are a sign of good manners and etiquette. In today’s culture, civility and etiquette seem to be slipping away. These books provide reminders of what good manners are for correct behavior in any situation and every day life.

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Tongue Tied: How To Lick the Rudeness by Using Better Etiquette PODCAST,

Goals for Etiquette and Manners, Choo It… Express Kind!,
A Short Play on Etiquette: Goals for Etiquette and Manners in the Workplace,
Business Matters, The Sick of Social Impolite,
Taboo Topics, Fathers As Role Models,

Choosing Civility
by P.M. Forni

The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude
by P.M. Forni

The Case for Civility: And Why Our Future Depends on It
by Os Guinness

Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration
by Teresa M. Bejan

Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior In Company and Conversation
by George Washington and Tony Darnel

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups
by Daniel Coyle

Miss Manners’ Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior (Freshly Updated)
by Judith Marty and Gloria Kamen

The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette, 50th Anniversary Edition
by Nancy Tuckerman and Nancy Dunnan

50 Essential Etiquette Lessons: How to Eat Lunch with Your Boss, Handle Happy Hour Like a Pro, and Write a Thank You Note in the Age of Texting and Tweeting
by Katherine Flannery

Emily Post’s Etiquette
by Emily Posts

The Art and Etiquette of Gift Giving
by Dawn Bryan

Social Skills Activities for Kids: 50 Fun Exercises for Making Friends, Talking and Listening, and Understanding Social Rules
by Natasha Daniels

Dude, That’s Rude!: (Get Some Manners) (Laugh & Learn®)
by Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick 

The Power of Silence: Silent Communication in Daily Life
by Colum Kenny

Manners That Matter Most:
The Easy Guide to Etiquette At Home and In the World (Little Book. Big Idea.)

by June Eding

365 Manners Kids Should Know:
Games, Activities, and Other Fun Ways to Help Children and Teens Learn Etiquette

by Sheryl Eberly

Bendon Mind Your Manners, Kathy Ireland,
A Big Kid Learning Activity 3-Book Set Learning Toy

by Bendon

Manners for Children: How to Teach Kids Manners and Raise a Polite Child (Children Etiquette, Etiquette Lessons, Manners for Kids, Manners for Boys, Manners Made Easy, Children Etiquette) – Kindle Edition
by Amy L.

The School of Life Guide to Modern Manners 
by The School of Life

Being Nice to Others: A Book about Rudeness (Growing God’s Kids)
by Carolyn Larsen

Business Etiquette for Dummies
by Sue Fox

Dating Guru’s Dating Etiquette Guide:
The Expert Guide to the Dos and Dont’s of Dating – Kindle

by James Preece

A Modern Guide to Social Media Etiquette
by Max McPherson

101 Ways to Say Thank You, Kids and Teens: All-Occasion Thank-You Note Templates, Social Media Etiquette & Gratitude Guide
by Kelly Browne

Kill Reply All:
A Modern Guide to Online Etiquette, from Social Media to Work to Love
by Victoria Turk

F You Very Much:
Understanding the Culture of Rudeness – and What We Can Do About It
by Danny Wallace

Talk to the Hand:
The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons

to Stay Home and Bolt the Door
by Lynne Truss

The Wrong of Rudeness:
Learning Modern Civility from Ancient Chinese Philosophy
by Amy Olberding

Vagina Problems:
Endometriosis, Painful Sex, and Other Taboo Topics
by Lara Parker

True Ladies and Proper Gentlemen: Victorian Etiquette for Modern-Day Mothers and Fathers, Husbands and Wives, Boys and Girls, Teachers and Students, and More
by Sarah A. Chrisman

George Washington’s Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior
in Company and Conversation
(Little Books of Wisdom)

by George Washington


Gifting
Giving a gift is an art. Read more about personal gift giving and the etiquette of giving gifts in the workplace as part of business. Or, gift one of these books!

Related article:
A How-To Holiday Guide Special Edition Article: Preparing for the Gift

The Art of Gift Giving
by Shereen Elise Noon

Giftology: The Art and Science of Using Gifts to Cut Through the Noise, Increase Referrals, and Strengthen Retention
by John Ruhlin

The Art and Etiquette of Gift Giving
by Dawn Bryan


Parenting
There is not a manual for raising children, but parents can find reassurance by finding insight in books on parenting. These books share ways to raise children with solid guidance for all stages of a child’s development.

Related articles:
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Bo Mom Knows, Fathers As Role Models, Children’s Hospital, Building Steem

Handbook of Father Involvement
by Natasha J. Cabrera and Catherine S. Tamis-Lemonda

Parenting by The Book: Biblical Wisdom for Raising Your Child
by John Rosemond

Child Development: A Cultural Approach (2nd Edition)
by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Ashley Maynard

What Young Children Need You to Know:
How to see them so you know what to do for them

by Bridgett Miller

The Love Dare for Parents Bible Study: Group Curriculum
by Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick

Hopeful Parenting: Encouragement for Raising Kids Who Love God
by David Jeremiah

To My Daughter: Love and Encouragement to Carry with You on Your Journey Through Life, by Marci & the Children of the Inner Light | Blue Mountain Arts Gift Book | Sweet Keepsake from a Proud Parent
by Marci

Bringing Up Girls:
Practical Advice and Encouragement for

Those Shaping the Next Generation of Women
by James C. Dobson

Bringing Up Boys
by James C. Dobson

Dad Rules: A Simple Manual for a Complex Job
by Treion Muller

Husbands and Fathers: Rediscover the Creator’s Purpose for Men

by Derek Prince

The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be
by Jennifer Ash and Armin A. Brott 

Kid Confidence:
Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem

by Eileen Kennedy-Moore PhD and Michele Borba EdD

Building Self-Esteem in Children
by Patricia H. Berne and Louis M. Savary

Kid Confidence – A Parent’s Guide:
How to Build Resilience and Develop Self-Esteem in Your Child

by Susan Garcia

Toddler Discipline for Every Age and Stage: Effective Strategies to Tame Tantrums, Overcome Challenges, and Help Your Child Grow
by Aubrey Hargis and Breana Sylvester PhD

How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen:
A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7
by Joanna Faber and Julie King

1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting
by Thomas Phelan Ph.D.

Discipline That Connects With Your Child’s Heart: Building Faith, Wisdom, and Character in the Messes of Daily Life
by Jim Jackson and Lynne Jackson

How to Raise Kind Kids:
And Get Respect, Gratitude, and a Happier Family in the Bargain
by Thomas Lickona

Caring for the Hospitalized Child: A Handbook of Inpatient Pediatrics
by American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Hospital Medicine, Jeffrey C. Gershel MD FAAP, et al.

The Children’s Hospital Guide to Your Child’s Health and Development
by Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston, et al.


Privacy Concerns/Right to Privacy & Legislation
Protecting the right to privacy is an escalating concern in the United States despite legislation. Technology can offer top security to protect data and still the most advanced systems can be hacked into. Likewise, advanced surveillance technologies have the ability to access anyone anywhere. Read more about privacy concerns of today which exist, privacy law, and current technological advances that are threats to the right to privacy.

Related articles:
The Pertinence of Privacy and Permission, Eyes Seeing You: Camera Invasion,
Learning Behavioral Patterns, From the View of Private I

Invasion of Privacy and the Law Paperback
by Ron Hankin

Information Privacy Law (Aspen Casebook) 6th Edition
by Daniel J. Solove (Author), Paul M. Schwartz (Author)

Protection of Information and the Right to Privacy – A New Equilibrium? (Law, Governance and Technology Series (17)) 2014th Edition
by Luciano Floridi

Spying with Maps: Surveillance Technologies and the Future of Privacy
by Mark Monmonier

Drones: The Brilliant, the Bad and the Beautiful (Society Now) 
by Andy Miah 

Life after Privacy: Reclaiming Democracy in a Surveillance Society  
by Firmin DeBrabander

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Surveillance, Security, and Privacy
by Bruce A. Arrigo 

The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens
by Bernard E. Harcourt

Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All
by Arthur Holland Michel

Invasion of Privacy: How to Protect Yourself in the Digital Age
by Michael Hyatt

Privacy in the Age of Big Data:
Recognizing Threats,  Defending Your Rights, and Protecting Your Family

by Theresa Payton


Customer Service
Grow your business and increase sales with an improved customer service approach. These books offer ways to motivate employees to be customer-focused, solutions to rejuvenate the company’s culture, and inspire teams to put customers first to radically improve the buyer’s experience for greater sales, customer retention and brand loyalty.

Related articles: Business Matters, Order to Go

The Service Culture Handbook:
A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Your Employees Obsessed with Customer Service

by Jeff Toister

The Customer Service Revolution:
Overthrow Conventional Business, Inspire Employees, and Change the World

by John R. Dijulius III  

Customer Culture:
How Fedex and Other Great Companies Put the Customer First Every Day

by Michael D. Basch


Family
Engage the family by spending time studying Scripture together and create lifelong memories. Whether your family embarks upon a journey through the Bible or spends time on a family adventure that is unique and memorable, these books will enrich your family time together.

Related article: Family Facetime

The Family Bible Devotional:
Stories from the Bible to Help Kids and Parents Engage and Love Scripture

by Sarah M. Wells

52 Uncommon Family Adventures:
Simple and Creative Ideas for Making Lifelong Memories

by Randy Southern and Gary Chapman


Children’s Books on Kindness
Learning how to be kind is a life-long lesson that begins at an early age. Children learn from those they interact with at home and at school. Here are several children books help children understand how to be kind to others.

Related articles:
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Goals for Kindness

Be Kind
by Pat Zietlow Miller and Jen Hill

Humble and Kind: A Children’s Picture Book (LyricPop)
Part of: LyricPop (9 Books)

by Lori McKenna and Katherine Blackmore

Teach Your Dragon About Diversity: Train Your Dragon To Respect Diversity. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids About Diversity and Differences. (My Dragon Books)
by Steve Herman

One Drop of Kindness
by Jeff Kubiak, Liliana Mora

Kindness Starts With You
by Jacquelyn Stagg

Kindness Starts With You – At School
by Jacquelyn Stagg


Kindness/Empathy – Daily Living, Inspirational, Business
Practicing kindness and empathy toward others is rewarding. It improves personal and business relationships, brings unity instead of division, and spreads love where there is hate and hopelessness. In today’s society where many are self-absorbed, and could careless, you can make a difference bringing humanity to a fizzled out compassionate world. Be inspired with these books which point out examples of how kindness and empathy can change the world.

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Respect the Box of Chocolates, Loving Kind: Putting Others First, Goals for Kindness,
It’s Sensitive Man, Faith and Kindness, and Checking It Twice Expresso,
How to Respond to a Compliment, Compliments—a Spoken Gift of Kindness,
Random Acts of Kindness: Speech Workout

Do the KIND Thing:
Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately
by Daniel Lubetzky

The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World
by Jamil Zaki

The Gifts of Acceptance: Embracing People And Things as They Are
by Daniel A. Miller

Appreciate People!:
The Path to Understanding, Acceptance, Compassion, Respect and Love

by Miriam Adahan

HumanKind: Changing the World One Small Act At a Time
by Brad Aronson

Radical Kindness: The Life-Changing Power of Giving and Receiving
by Angela Santomero and Deepak Chopra

Random Acts of Kindness Then & Now:
The 20th Anniversary of a Simple Idea That Changes Lives

by M.J. Ryan

Your Hidden Superpower:
The Kindness That Makes You Unbeatable at Work and Connects You with Anyone

by Adrienne Bankert

Cultivating Compassion:
Practical Advice as You Walk a Friend through a Season Loss 
by Lynne Hoeksema

The Empathy Effect: Seven Neuroscience-Based Keys for Transforming the Way We Live, Love, Work, and Connect Across Differences
by Helen Riess MD, Liz Neporent

Applied Empathy: The New Language of Leadership
by Michael Ventura

The Power of Kindness:
The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life–Tenth Anniversary Edition

by Piero Ferrucci and Dalai Lama

The Hidden Power of Kindness:
A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World,
One Deed at a Time
by Lawrence G. Lovasik

Love Kindness: Discover the Power of a Forgotten Christian Virtue
by Barry H. Corey

God of Miracles: Ordinary People Extraordinary Stories
by Jeff Barnhardt

The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America
by Mike McIntyre and Chris Brinkle

The Kindness Effect: Experience the Power of Irrational Giving
by Jill Donovan

Simply Charming: Compliments and Kindness for All Occasions
by Christie Matheson

The Art of the Compliment: Using Kind Words with Grace and Style
by Christie Matheson

The Compliment Quotient:
Boost Your Spirits, Spark Your Relationships and Uplift the World

by Monica Strobel

Emergency Compliment
by Megs Senk

Speaking Kind Words: Improve your relationship with heartfelt words
by Janelle and Rob Alex


Poetry
Enjoy shorter literary pieces that capture thoughts and emotions of life. These books are perfect to enjoy at home reflecting upon a few quiet moments at a time, to give as a gift, or to buy as a keepsake to add to a collection.

Related article: O’Relentless

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Slip-cased Edition
by Emily Dickinson

I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy
by Hafiz and Daniel Ladinsky

Expressions of Poetry: A Memoir Poetry Collection: Love, Life & Tragedy
by Montice L. Harmon

All Along You Were Blooming: Thoughts for Boundless Living
by Morgan Harper Nichols


Fitness
Workout even better with these training guides. These books include a series of exercises that will hlep you meet your fitness goals in 4 weeks. Whether you are losing weight, want to build muscle, or stay fit, these books can help!

The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises:
Four Weeks to a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular You!

BodyBoss Ultimate Body Fitness Workout Guide.
Includes Bonus 4-Week Pre-Training Program


Film Industry
If you are passionate about learning more about film, these books are a reel good buy. Learn how to understand film and analyze movies and media. For aspiring film writers, learn techniques of how to write your own dialogue!

How to Read a Film: Movies, Media, and Beyond – 4th Edition
by James Monaco

How To Write Awesome Dialogue! For Fiction, Film and Theatre:
Techniques from a published author and theatre guy

by Tom Leveen (Author)

Film Analysis: A Norton Reader (Second Edition) Second Edition
by Jeffrey Geiger, R. L. Rutsky


Plays
Ever thought about reading play dialogues? As a compilation of short plays each book has it’s own collections of dramas to enjoy. These are perfect if you are looking for a unique gift for someone who enjoys theater.

Sam Shepard : Seven Plays (Buried Child, Curse of the Starving Class, The Tooth of Crime, La Turista, Tongues, Savage Love, True West)
by Sam Shepard (Author), Richard Gilman

Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2019
by True Acting Institute


Digital Education
Social media is a key part of the way we communicate today, learn about products, engage with businesses, and share information on a personal level to virtually anyone globally. Whether you are interested in starting a blog, promoting your brand by leveraging sales online campaigns, or are looking for career advancement with continued learning, these books offer vital information for digital gurus of any level. Learn more about digital marketing, content development, affiliate marketing, and use of social media.

SOFTWARE

Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book 2020
by Andrew Faulkner and Conrad Chavez
This book has easy to follow lessons for the most recent version of Photoshop with exercises to follow and a review at the end of each chapter. The book includes a link to download exercise files for each chapter. Additional resources are available in the back of the book including a visual chart for tools and quick keys.

BLOGGING

Blogging a 6 Figure Business Strategy in 2020: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide on How to Make a Profit and Passive Income Online for a Living, Using Social Media, Seo, and Affiliate Marketing Secrets
by Brandon Blueprints

How To Make Money Blogging:
How I Replaced My Day-Job and How You Can Start A Blog Today

by Bob Lotich

How to Start a Blog: Make Money Online in 2020.
A Step by Step Guide to Promote Your Business

by Sarah Miller and Vanessa Manson

How to Write Great Blog Posts that Engage Readers (Kindle Version)
by Steve Scott

CONTENT

The Profitable Content System:
The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Creating Wildly Profitable Content Without Burnout

by Meera Kothand

Content Machine:
Use Content Marketing to Build a 7-figure Business With Zero Advertising

by Dan Norris

DIGITAL MARKETING

Dynamic Digital Marketing:
Master the World of Online and Social Media Marketing to Grow Your Business
Dawn McGruer

Becoming A Digital Marketer:
Gaining the Hard & Soft Skills for a Tech-Driven Marketing Career

by Gil Gildner and Anya Gildner

Social Media Marketing 2020: Discover the Newest Online Business Strategies Using YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Online Marketing, and Advertising
by Andrew Higdon

The 15 Steps To Profitable YouTube Marketing:
The Proven Method For Building Money-Making YouTube Ad Campaigns

by Daniel Rose

The Complete Guide to Facebook Advertising
by Brian Meert

Google Ads (AdWords) Workbook:
Advertising on Google Ads, YouTube, & the Display Network (2020 Edition)

by Jason McDonald

Affiliate Marketing:
How to Become a Seven Figure Affiliate Marketer in Today’s Digital World

by K.M., Kasim


Business Team Building
Having a team that works well together is key to successful project management and having a good work environment. These books offer strategies for creating strong teams with team-building activities. Learn ideas of how to gel teams within the office and virtually. Read tips of how to resolve conflict, and practices to improve work environments with respect, better communication and less toxicity.

Quick Team-Building Activities for Busy Managers:
50 Exercises That Get Results in Just 15 Minutes

by Brian Miller

Big Book of Virtual Teambuilding Games: Quick, Effective Activities to Build Communication, Trust and Collaboration from Anywhere! (Big Book Series)
by Mary Scannell, Michael Abrams, Mike Mulvihill

Team Building: Proven Strategies for Improving Team Performance 5th Edition
by W. Gibb Dyer Jr, Jeffrey H. Dyer, and William G. Dyer

The Power of a Positive Team:
Proven Principles and Practices that Make Great Teams 
by Jon Gordon

The Best Place to Work:
The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace
by Ron Friedman, PhD

Ten Commandments of Working in a Hostile Environment:
Your Power Is Your Purpose
by T.D. Jakes

How to Talk to Anyone at Work:
72 Little Tricks for Big Success Communicating on the Job

by Leil Lowndes, Joyce Bean

Resolving Conflicts at Work: Ten Strategies for Everyone on the Job
by Kenneth Cloke, Joan Goldsmith 

Do the KIND Thing: Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately
by Daniel Lubetzky

Toxicity in the Workplace: Coping with Difficult People on the Job
by Shonda Lackey PhD

Empathetic Leadership: 47 Practical Tips for Leading with Kindness, Courage, and Confidence in an Age of Disruption
by Michael Brisciana

Business Etiquette for Dummies
by Sue Fox

Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work:
Build a Culture of Employee Engagement with the Principles of RESPECT

by Paul L. Marciano

Play Nice: Playground Rules for Respect in the Workplace (The Sandbox)
by Brigitte Gawenda Kimichik JD and J. R. Tomlinson

Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace
by Christine Porath

The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace
by Ron Friedman PhD

Team Building: Proven Strategies for Improving Team Performance
by W. Gibb Dyer Jr., Jeffrey H. Dyer, et al.

Business and Professional Communication:
KEYS for Workplace Excellence 4th Edition
by Kelly M. Quintanilla, Shawn T. Wahl

The Etiquette Advantage in Business:
Personal Skills for Professional Success
by Emily Post


Southern Culture and Civility
If you cherish memories of Texas and the southern part of the United States known for it’s warm hospitality, western dress, and colloquial expressions, you will enjoy reading about the heritage of southern culture and civility. These books reference southern manners and customs that have changed considerably as areas of the south have expanded with urban growth and evolved to a culture of modern and digital impact.

How to Be a Texan: The Manual
by Andrea Valdez

Southern Culture: An Introduction
by John Beck

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 4: Myth, Manners, and Memory (The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (4)) (v. 4)
by Charles Reagan Wilson

Manners and Southern History
by Ted Ownby


Recipes
If you enjoy baking this book has a collection of Martha Stewart’s classic recipes! Make delicious pies and tarts with this book filled with photos of favorite recipes. This book also makes a nice gift to give to your favorite cook.

Martha Stewart’s New Pies and Tarts:
150 Recipes for Old-Fashioned and Modern Favorites: A Baking Book

by Martha Stewart Living Magazine 


Canning Preserves
Preserve fruit and make jam, pickle vegetables, or store vegetable and fruit for later. These books teach how to grow fruits and vegetables for canning and recipes of how-to can and preserve. Learn the art of canning preserves and then give these homemade gifts to your friends and neighbors to enjoy.

Jean Anderson’s Preserving Guide: How to Pickle and Preserve, Can and Freeze, Dry and Store Vegetables and Fruits
by Jean Anderson

How to Grow More Vegetables, Ninth Edition: (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land with Less Water Than You Can Imagine
by John Jeavons and Alice Waters

Beginner’s Guide to Canning: 90 Easy Recipes to Can, Savor, and Gift 
by Diane Devereaux

Canning and Preserving For Dummies
by Amelia Jeanroy and Karen Ward


Employment
Here are tips of how to improve your resume to get more interviews and jump start your job search. For those looking for a new career, discover your purpose by reflecting on what inspires you most. Find ways to encourage those you know who have been searching for work to bring them hope.

Chin Up Chin Out Job Search:
49 Ideas for Finding Work Faster and Easier
by Shary Raske

Knock ’em Dead Resumes:
A Killer Resume Gets MORE Job Interviews!
by Martin Yate CPC

Encouragement:
The Unexpected Power of Building Others Up
by Larry Crabb and Dan B. Allender PLLC

I See Your Dream Job:
A Career Intuitive Shows You How to Discover What You Were Put on Earth to Do

by Sue Frederick


Non-Profit/Volunteer
Have an inspirational idea? Make a difference in the world by starting a non-profit. Read more about how to take your idea and turn it into a non-profit organization. These books are valuable resources of information for anyone starting a non-profit. For those who are interested in volunteering, read more about international and leadership opportunities.

Content Marketing for Nonprofits: A Communications Map for Engaging Your Community, Becoming a Favorite Cause, and Raising More Money
by Kivi Leroux Miller

Becoming an International Humanitarian Aid Worker
by Chen Reis and Tania Bernath

How to Be a Global Nonprofit: Legal and Practical Guidance for International Activities (Wiley Nonprofit Authority) – Kindle Edition
by Lisa Norton

Management of International Institutions and NGOs:
Frameworks, practices and challenges

by Eduardo Missoni, Daniele Alesani

Volunteer Engagement 2.0:
Ideas and Insights Changing the World 1st Edition
by Robert J. Rosenthal with an introduction by Greg Baldwin 

101 Wisdom Tips for Volunteer Leaders – Kindle Edition
by Patricia Naylor Thomas


Homelessness
Living without a home is a difficult experience most people cannot understand. Read about the homeless problem in the United States, how to help,
and how to help alleviate homelessness in our country.

Helping the Homeless
by T. M. Babcock

Ending Homelessness: Why We Haven’t, How We Can (Points of View)
by Donald W. Burnes and David L. DiLeo

Journeys out of Homelessness: The Voices of Lived Experience
by Jamie Rife and Donald W. Burnes

Homelessness In the States
by Lee Walker


Self-Improvement
Find motivation to reach personal self-improvement goals. These books provide solutions of how-to improve areas that you want to focus on. Whether it is taking a negative vice and turning it around to a more positive approach, or setting goals to meet ambitions, there are a variety of books to choose from.

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Best Self: Be You, Only Better
by Mike Bayer

Negative Self-Talk and How to Change It
by Shad Helmstetter

The Power of Self Improvement: A Little Change Can Go A Long Way
by ZeeDan CH

How to Make an Examination of Conscience
by Redemptorist Pastoral Publication

Examination of Conscience for Adults: A Comprehensive Examination Of Conscience Based On Twelve Virtues For The Twelve Months Of The Year
by Rev Donald Miller CSSR

Let’s Go Win: The Keys To Living Your Best Life
by JM Ryerson

Insight: The Surprising Truth About How Others See Us, How We See Ourselves, and Why the Answers Matter More Than We Think
by Tasha Eurich

Goal Setting Success: The Blueprint To Setting Goals & Achieving Them (Manifest Success, Motivational, Positive Thinking, Habit Building, Transformation, Abundance)
by Oscar Monfort

The Power of I Am: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today
by Joel Osteen

Exceptional You!: 7 Ways to Live Encouraged, Empowered, and Intentional
by Victoria Osteen

Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day
Joel Osteen

A Case for Kindness: 40 Ways to Love and Inspire Others
by Lisa Barrickman

How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life
by Catherine Price 

30 Days to Taming Your Tongue:
What You Say (and Don’t Say) Will Improve Your Relationships

by Deborah Smith Pegues

The Self-Care Solution:
A Year of Becoming Happier, Healthier, and Fitter–One Month at a Time

by Jennifer Ashton MD

The Empowered Highly Sensitive Person:
A Workbook to Harness Your Strengths in Every Part of Life 

by Amanda Cassil PhD

Self-Care Check-In: A Guided Journal to Build Healthy Habits and Devote Time to You
by GG Renee Hill

Life’s Healing Choices Revised and Updated:
Freedom From Your Hurts, Hang-ups, and Habits

by John Baker and Rick Warren

Deliver Me From Negative Self Talk: A Guide To Speaking Faith-filled Words
by Lynn R Davis

Speak Life: Creating Your World With Your Words
by Katherine Ruonala and James W Goll 

Negative Self-Talk and How to Change It
by Shad Helmstetter

The Gifts of Imperfection:
Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be
and Embrace Who You Are

by Brené Brown

How to Overcome Fear of Flying
A Practical Guide to Change the Way You Think about Airplanes, Fear and Flying: Learn to Manage Takeoff, Turbulence, Flying over Water, Anxiety and Panic Attacks
by Capt Ron Nielsen and Doug Parker


Encouragement
Looking for encouragement in everyday life? These books show the power of encouragement and how to be a source of encouragement to others. Regardless of the situation, these truths and phrases are gems to hold on to and whip out.

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Encouragement:
The Unexpected Power of Building Others Up
by Larry Crabb and Dan B. Allender PLLC

Perfect Phrases for Building Strong Teams: Hundreds of Ready-to-Use Phrases for Fostering Collaboration, Encouraging Communication, and Growing a Winning Team (Perfect Phrases Series)
by Linda Eve Diamond

Taking God to Work: The Keys to Ultimate Success
by David L Winters and Steve Reynolds

What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days: 52 Encouraging Truths to Hold On Top
by Holley Gerth

Encouragement: The Unexpected Power of Building Others Up
by Larry Crabb and Dan B. Allender PLLC

Encouragement for Today: Devotions for Everyday Living
by Renee Swope, Lysa TerKeurst, Samantha Evilsizer

Encouragement Changes Everything: Bless and Be Blessed
by John C. Maxwell


Catholic
Are you Catholic or looking for religious and moral direction? These books provide an in depth exploration of church doctrine and teachings from the Bible. Whether you are looking for spiritual guidance or are just curious to learn more, these books dive into specific topics of Jesus, Mary, the Eucharist, virtues, prayer, and finding peace with yourself and others.

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The Holy Longing:
The Search for a Christian Spirituality
by Ronald Rolheiser
This book explains Christian spirituality and the universal struggle for love and integration
of spirit explaining God and the Church for a world that more often than not
doubts the credibility of both.

Seeking Spirituality
by Ronald Rolheiser
Find out Christian spirituality is and why we struggle with it. He gives practical advice on how to build a spirituality for today and for the next century.

Our One Great Act of Fidelity:
Waiting for Christ in the Eucharist
by Ronald Rolheiser
Delve into the history and meaning of this sacred tradition with this explanation of the Eucharist.

The Shattered Lantern:
Rediscovering a Felt Presence of God
by Ronald Rolheiser
Rediscover how faith makes sense and the real presence of God.

Living in the Sacred: Spirituality for Everyday Life
by Ronald Rolheiser
Learn how to live spirituality in everyday life as disciples of Christ and stay true to commitments living selflessly for others.

Prayer: Our Deepest Longing
by Ronald Rolheiser
Learn the importance of prayer and how to pray, using examples from daily life, Scripture, and contemporary writers.

A Christian Guide to Spirituality:
Foundations for Disciples (Christian Spirituality Book 1)

by Ronald Rolheiser
This guide includes 50 daily devotions. Each topic is treated with a scriptural reference, reflection, prayer, and questions for discussion.

The Passion and the Cross
by Ronald Rolheiser
These meditations on the Passion and the Cross invites you to a new understanding of redemption and offers insight into the meaning of your own loss and suffering.

The Restless Heart: Finding Our Spiritual Home in Times of Loneliness
by Ronald Rolheiser
Connectiveness has changed in the modern world of cell phones and instant messaging. This book discusses the different types of loneliness and the dangers and opportunities they represent in our lives.

Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas
by Ronald Rolheiser
This book shows us God’s love is unconditional and the importance of forgiveness.

Sacred Fire:
A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity
by Ronald Rolheiser
Be inspired on a journey of Christian maturity in pursuit of the most holy of all passions—a deep and lasting intimacy with God.

Wrestling with God:
Finding Hope and Meaning in Our Daily Struggles to Be Human
by Ronald Rolheiser
Find hope and meaning in daily struggles, finding a path for faith in a world struggling to find faith, and a rhythm within which to walk that path.

Bruised And Wounded:
Struggling To Understand Suicide
by Ronald Rolheiser
Work through the grief associated with the trauma of experiencing a loss from suicide.

THE EUCHARIST

The Key the Doctrine of the Eucharist
by Abbot Vonier, foreword Peter Kreeft and Aiden Nichols
The richness of the sacrament of the Eucharist and the biblical meaning behind the tradition of the sacrifice at the Mass is explained in this book. I enjoyed this book so much, I read it twice.

MARY

Walking with Mary:
A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross
by Edward Sri
Mary was obedient to God’s will, continuing to say yes even under the most difficult circumstances always trusting and believing in humbleness and obedience. This book takes a journey through Mary’s life and shows how she lives her life, filled with faith, with examples that can be applied to our own journey.

JESUS

Jesus, The Way, the Truth and The Life
by Marcellino D’Ambrosio
If you have ever struggled with reading the Bible, this book pieces the stories and books of the Bible together with clarity using everyday language. There are interesting historical tidbits and facts included which enrich a person’s understanding of the Bible and the time in history in which Jesus lived.

VIRTUES

The Power of Humility
by Fr. Candice Bourke
This book explains what being humble means in relation to God, other people, and in the way a person views themself. The power of humility changes a person to live a more virtuous life.

PRAYER

15 Days of Prayer with Thomas Merton
by Andre Gozier, O.S.B.
Thomas Merton, a Cistercian monk, draws from classic and monastic spirituality with daily suggestions of how to pray to have a stronger relationship with God.

SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE

Thank You for Being Such a Pain.
Spiritual Guidance for Dealing with Difficult People.
by Mark I. Rosen, PhD
This book provides spiritual guidance on how to deal with people who can be challenging and advice on how to work through troublesome relationships. There are several enlightening quotes and stories throughout this book to enjoy and learn from as gems of inspiration.


Christian Inspiration
Be inspired by these Christian authors. These books provide hope
and knowledge that God is present during struggles, of His incredible love for each of us,
and His ability to make the impossible possible.

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Joel Osteen’s Books & Media
Victoria Osteen’s Books & Media
Books by Joyce Meyer

Wake Up to Hope: Devotional
by Joel and Victoria Osteen 

The Power of I Am: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today
by Joel Osteen

Exceptional You!: 7 Ways to Live Encouraged, Empowered, and Intentional
by Victoria Osteen

Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day
Joel Osteen

Facing Your Giants: God Still Does the Impossible
by Max Lucado

You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times
by Max Lucado

Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World
by Max Lucado

Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer
by Beth Moore

Hope for Today Bible
by Joel Osteen

Love Kindness: Discover the Power of a Forgotten Christian Virtue
by Barry H. Corey

Wake Up Smiling: 40 Devotions for a Hope-Filled Life
by Audrey Meisner

Letters from God
by Ivan Tait

His Princess: Love Letters from Your King
by Sheri Rose Shepherd


Travel
Research some of the world’s best places to travel to, best places to stay, and how to overcome flying. Travelers will enjoy exploring the world with these books for travel solutions.

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How to Overcome Fear of Flying:
A Practical Guide to Change the Way You Think about Airplanes, Fear and Flying: Learn to Manage Takeoff, Turbulence, Flying over Water, Anxiety and Panic Attacks
by Capt Ron Nielsen and Doug Parker

Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips
by National Geographic

A Wealth of Insight:
The World’s Best Luxury Hoteliers on
Leadership, Management, and the Future of 5-Star Hospitality
by Rahim B. Kanani


Holiday Books
Read about the history of Halloween! Learn more about where “trick-or-treat” originated from. Prepare for Advent and Christmas with daily reflections.

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Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas
by Ronald Rolheiser
This book shows us God’s love is unconditional and the importance of forgiveness.


Sex Education/Sex Trafficking
Sex trafficking is a concern in the United States as well as internationally. With sex education, there can be an awareness of this modern-day slavery. Teaching true love and healthy sexual interactions can also help prevent youth from becoming involved in sex trafficking as a way out of seemingly desperate situations. Sex trafficking comes in many forms online and offline. Lessen the exploitation by being informed.

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by Siddharth Kara

Teaching True Love to a Sex-at-13 Generation
by Eric Ludy

Consent: The New Rules of Sex Education: Every Teen’s Guide to Healthy Sexual Relationships
by Jennifer Lang MD

Sex Trafficking in the United States: Theory, Research, Policy, and Practice
by Andrea Nichols

Social Work Practice with Survivors of Sex Trafficking and
Commercial Sexual Exploitation

by Andrea Nichols, Tonya Edmond Ph.D., Erin Heil Ph.D. (Editors)

Camming
by Angela Jones

Sex Trafficking of Children in the United States:
Overview and Issues for Congress (CRS Reports)

by Congressional Research Service

Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States: A Guide for the Health Care Sector
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Child Welfare and Child Support:
The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthenin (CRS Reports)

by Congressional Research Service

Preventing Child Trafficking: A Public Health Approach 1st Edition
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Resurrection After Rape:
A guide to transforming from victim to survivor
by Matt Atkinson   

Writing Ourselves Whole:
Using the Power of Your Own Creativity to Recover and Heal from Sexual Trauma (Help for Rape Victims, Trauma and Recovery, Abuse Self-Help)
by Jennifer Cross

Cognitive Processing Therapy for Rape Victims:
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What Happened to Me?!:
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by Toni McKinley


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You Know I’m Bad—for Some Moore…

Ohh…are you being good? Behaviors can be learned by observation, example, order, or correction. What is the difference between how behaviors are learned and corrected in humans and animals? 

TRAINING BEHAVIOR IN HUMANS
The first way humans learn behavior is through observational learning of a behavior, attitude, or emotional expression. A baby, even before understanding words, observes how to act from watching actions and gestures from others, as was discovered by Albert Bandura, an American-Canadian psychologist in 1961. When a baby is just over a year old, the baby starts to learn the association of gestures with words. Parents introduce words which accompany gestures to indicate simple orders such as “yes”, “no”,  “stop”, “don’t”, and “come here”. The baby begins to develop vocabulary and respond with gestures to communicate. Once a child reaches adolescence, and are able to distinguish between right and wrong, they may question why they are asked to do something. They are either obedient to rules or use abstract reasoning to determine how they will react. A person might be conditioned to follow a rule, and do so in obedience, simply because they know it is right or wrong. This is typical of younger children. However, as a child grows into adulthood, they use reasoning to consider the options they have and what consequences might be associated with these decisions.

Positive Conditioning
Conditioning Behavior
Behaviors can be conditioned with rules, procedures, and expectations in place. Rules have set consequences which are most effective if they are served as soon as a rule is broken. Rules are stated and understood at the beginning of any endeavor, and if a rule is broken, there is a punishment which should be expected. Procedures on the other hand, outline the how-to process for an expected behavior of which there are no consequences. It is important for teachers to have these in place at the beginning of the school year. It establishes structure and guidelines that help prevent unruliness in the classroom. Without these stated and enforced, classes can be difficult to manage because with each individual comes to the classroom with their own idea of what is expected.

Modeling is another way to teach expected behavior in a positive manner. Both children and adults learn visually through observation and being shown how to do something. In a social setting, a person might observe other people and adjust how they act to match them appropriate to the setting. A teacher might use modeling in the classroom to point out how a student is demonstrating good behavior for the class to follow. An airline attendant may show travelers on an airline how to use oxygen masks in case of emergency.

Ordering is another way people learn to behave. Firmly, yet respectfully giving an order can be effective. Yelling orders, demanding behavior, without any respect, can have very little effect other than trying to intimidate the person to conform. Within the workplace, a manager might give orders to their staff that they need to stay on task to meet a deadline.

Having consequences in place helps behavior stay on track but gives a person the freedom of being able to know what happens if they don’t follow them. Part of the responsibility of being an adult is being able to have the freedom to make decisions by oneself taking into consideration consequences. Considering the consequences before doing something that may break the rules, helps a person evaluate whether a bad behavior is worth the punishment. Before a person breaks the law, they should consider that they might get caught, be fined, or go to jail. The behavior or result of the behavior, might be more important for an individual than the consequence. For others, the consequences restrain the person from pursuing a behavior which could compromise their safety or that of another person’s.

There are people who also have erratic behaviors which can be the result of medical issues or affected by drugs or alcohol. Behavior also affected by spontaneity, and irresponsibility—at the spur of the moment what seems like a good idea overcomes any rational thought process. Unwritten rules of our society might also affect behavior which is erratic, and these who act out of what is acceptable within society can be subjected to social consequences.

Positive Reinforcement
Positivity is always a good rule of thumb when it comes to behavior and reformation. A responsible person with a well-formed conscience is able to correct themselves. Although not immune to human error, they realize when their behavior is out of line, and seek to change their behavior to do what is right. Even if it is bad behavior that is repeated, they have a positive attitude knowing it is something which they can work on.

A positive attitude can be used to correct bad behavior in another person or in oneself. Even the most self-motivated person who wants to reform their behavior, is capable of slipping back into bad behavior. If a person has a positive attitude and can forgive themselves of their imperfection, they can continue to persevere at good behavior until they perfect it, and probably be very successful in their efforts. For those who need another person to hold them accountable, a positive spirit from an accountability partner can keep a person on track especially in the cases when temptation tries to win out over resolution. Just like a bridge from old behavior to new behavior, using positive reinforcement can help pave the way over falling into despair caused by not holding to new resolutions. People like to understand that they are good and are doing a good job. By complimenting a person on their achievements and letting them know they are doing well can add wonders to their morale and self-confidence. Finding qualities that can be praised as part of reformation helps encourage correction.

Using incentives is another way to reward success. Especially for more challenging transformations of behavior, it is a good idea to have a plan in place. Strategizing how to change a behavior might include making a list of objectives of desired results, a list of reasons to serve as reminders of why it the transformation is necessary, and ideas for rewards for achievements along the way. Some behaviors take longer to change than others. Earning incentives for good behavior can make working for new resolutions more fun!

Life Experiences
Life experiences can motivate a person to change behavior. The life experience might be learned from one’s self or from witnessing the life experiences of others. A person might go through a life-changing experience which changes their perspective enough to make them committed to change their behavior. A person who becomes addicted to a substance might suffer in such a way that their situation ‘wakes them up’ to not continuing. The person can even find support with groups of others who can help them keep on the path of recovery and be committed to making better choices. Likewise, a person can learn from another’s experience. A friend’s story can leave such an impact which causes them to rethink their own behaviors and become committed to changing their own life.

Repetition
Repetition also contributes to correcting bad behavior. Repeating a mantra that a certain action should not be done, reinforces that it shouldn’t. Having constant reminders to stay on the path of good behavior helps keep resolutions at the forefront of the mind. Relearning helps build new habits to foster steady good behavior.   

Negative Conditioning
Correcting behavior the wrong way can be classified as forms of abuse. Physical contact, verbal correction, and manipulation are sometimes used as ways to correct, but they are also more likely to be classified as abuse. Whether physical contact is abusive or not is determined by the evidence, what the intent is, if a minor or adult is involved, how hard the force, and an evaluation of the severity from the damage. Examples of physical correction are grabbing an arm to hold it back, spanking a child, slapping a face, beating someone, burning someone, or hitting or harming a person using a weapon, rape and other ways. Verbal comments can also be abusive. Harsh words, yelling at a person, name calling, harassment are all ways which can cause emotional damage. Even if a person is angry, correcting a person should be done firmly, but using gentle words. It is usually unproductive to yell although it may help vent feelings. Manipulation is also commonly used as a last resort when no other means of correction seem to work. While this may be effective as a way to bring about the desired behavior in a person, there is deception involved which leads to mistrust and resentment. The short-term good of achieving correction, is brought about by the evil from manipulation. Correcting behavior in another person is more likely if it is the person’s willful choice to change, rather than by tricking them using deceptive means.

The Effects of Positive Reinforcement on Humans for Correcting Behavior
How effective is it to use positive reinforcement as a means for correction rather than negative reinforcement? For one it is more likely to have a successful outcome. People generally respond to positiveness better rather than being forced into correction. It also is less risky. Using negative means for correcting behavior show that the person correcting an individual has less control over the situation. They are resorting to force to yield an outcome. In many ways, it is the way an adult might correct a child who they have lost control over. They resort to yelling, spanking, or manipulation. Adults who have not mastered positive reinforcement can also use these methods as a way to correct other adults. It generally does not work, because by adulthood there is a knowledge of one’s own independency and an expectation of individual respectfulness. Positive reinforcement and patience is more likely to work for both children and adults. It builds up the individual and guides them to making better choices on their own. The result is that the adult is proud that they have achieved a desired behavior, because it was their decision to change. Using negative methods, forces behavior that is likely to only change out of fear of further abuse.

Effects of Therapy for Abuse and Disorders
Counseling is an effective means for those who seek to change their behavior, those who have been physically or emotionally abused, and for those with disorders. Counseling can provide positive reinforcement while the individual works through their individual situations. Sharing information in a counseling environment provides professional guidance in a safe environment, with a qualified professional.

The Success Rate of Prison as a Means of Effectively Correcting Humans
Persistence in changing one’s own behavior pays off as some behaviors can land a person in prison. Most prisons offer in-prison rehabilitation programs which help identify criminal tendencies and solve recidivism, a person’s relapse into criminal behavior. These in-prison rehabilitation programs have been successful in reducing recidivism by up to 35% to prevent future crimes. According to the California legislature, there are 8 significant criminal risk factors: antisocial behavior, antisocial personality, criminal thinking, antisocial relationships, poor relationships with family and/or spouse, low performance at school and at work, low social engagement for leisure or recreational activities, and substance abuse. Rehabilitation programs can help lower the criminal risk of people who display these characteristics. Prison education, employment, and health treatment programs offer a number of directions to prisoners can provide hope to prisoners setting them on a new road for their future.

TRAINING BEHAVIOR IN ANIMALS
Both humans and animals have the ability to be trained to change their behavior. In 1902, Ivan Pavlov, a Russian psychologist, studied behaviors in dogs and learned they could be trained to recognize an object to trigger a response. He noticed that a dog’s salivation changed when food was placed in front of the dog. Pavlov was able to condition a dog to have the same behavior using an unconditioned stimulus which was then associated with the response. For example, a dog started to saliva when there was food. A bell was introduced. The dog was trained that when a bell was present, food would be present. Therefore, the dog was conditioned to learn that the bell meant food and so he would start to saliva. When the bell was shown to the dog, the dog started to saliva because he knew that food was coming.

Symbols used to Trigger Behavior in Children and Adults
Conditioning is common in children especially in elementary school who are grasping new concepts of structure and order. They learn that certain symbols and colors have meaning and that they are expected to recognize and act on these. Teachers use call-and-response techniques to manage classroom behavior. Teachers teach students short, clever rhymes to let the student know they need to stop what they are doing and pay attention. They also use hand gestures and clapping as part of their call-and-response. Students respond to desired behaviors while having fun communicating back to the teacher that they understand what needs to be done. Adults also learn symbols which have meaning. Traffic signs are symbols of what behavior is expected from a driver or pedestrian. Behavior is trained so that we know how to drive and cross the street. There are also consequences which result when a driver or pedestrian does not follow these signs.

Similarities Between Learned Behavior in Animals and in Humans
Animals and humans learn behavior through positive reinforcement, observation, and repetition. Animals and humans respond to positive praise. Visually both learn what behavior is expected. Practicing behavior repeatedly helps master a new behavior. While most may assume that humans have a higher intellect than animals, this is not necessarily the case. Animals can be very intellectual and have the keen ability to sense danger, have an awareness of their surroundings, and the ability to communicate through sound. Most animals can be trained to new behaviors, although most respond to stimuli while humans are more likely to make decisions for their own new behavior for the sake of self-improvement.

Taming the Differences
It is more likely that an animal is subjected to physical conditioning as a way to learn behavior. It would be thought of as abuse to use a stick to train a child, but with a dog, there is no thought to using a stick or a leash for correction and to control them. Animals are submissive to humans, for whatever behavior the human wants of them—if no other reason of having no choice because of their confinement. They are taken from a community of same animals and are in a human’s kingdom, the house. They do not have any organizations they can call for help or support. At the mercy of the human, they hope for the best care. The human on the other hand at least has access to support organizations and resources available for abusive situations.

Human Differentiation Between the Behavioral Bias
Humans are conditioned best with intellect and a positive attitude. In George Orwell’s book 1984, he writes about a community called the Proles. These are people who have their own community within a larger government-controlled community they do not interact frequently with. The Proles are more concerned about their immediate world. They preserve the human spirit, are a feisty group of people, focused on love, hard work, are of a lower social level, and do not keep up with the world outside of their own. These Proles could be compared to the typical large retail stores of today, such as Walmart. As hearty, blue-collared employees they may have been with the store for many years and have built a bond and community with other employees who have been there for a long period of time. For these large discount retail stores, such as this one, it is typical that there is a community which forms within the store. The demographic is that of one which might be more social, less accepting of others, composed of individuals with lower education levels, a higher degree of attitude, and a need for order. These people need a structured system. They may fight the system with an attitude and break the rules but they need structure to align themselves to for productivity and success as individuals and as a whole. Obedience is also more likely, because rules and expectations are clear, but so is rebellion.

The next stage of education level is those who have a professional nature and maintain inner discipline and self-control. They readily adaptable to working with others. These people tend to accept others easier and realize that productivity is more important. Although structure is needed for behaviors, such as an HR policy, there isn’t much need for consequences for broken policy from management as all are expected to be adults. These employees require a looser managed structure because they are able to control their own behaviors.

People who are of an even higher intellect, need minimal to no structure. They typically are responsible for controlling others, and while they control themselves, they think in a wider capacity and have an ability to do more within their position. No rules can apply to them because they typically choose to live outside of any system’s rules. While they are capable of making larger decisions for the good of society or people, they also are capable of great damage. They typically do not misbehave, but they are not obedient to the small man’s laws. Overall, these people may break the rules or law, but typically they are loyal to their responsibility and make decisions for the good of people. Any bad behavior at an advanced level usually falls into loop-holes and is justified because the good outcome outweighs the bad. There is a reason in other words.

Correctional facilities apply to all. However the more intellect a person has and is a respected within society, despite whether what they do is good or bad, they are more likely not to go to a correctional facility. Quick thinkers also fall into this category as well, however, they are more likely to be institutionalized than those with caliber in society. Intellect is not necessarily defined upon education level. Speed is also a sign of intellect. Some people think so quickly they are able to twist the current system to their benefit and fool the entire population.

In the end, it is one’s own behavior for which one is ultimately accountable. Each must be responsible for guiding their own conscience for good and striving to go in the direction of good behavior over the tendency for making bad choices. This doesn’t necessarily mean a person lives less fully by having good behavior. It means they care about other people in the world who their behaviors may affect and for their own eternal good.


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Enjoy reading, watching movies, and shopping? Cherbloggin has a list of products on each article page. Order by clicking on affiliate links on this page and throughout @cherbloggin on WordPress. There are over 500+ links to product recommendations including books, movies, appliances, gifts, and subscriptions. Here is a list of books I’ve recently read and enjoyed! Check back as I continue to add to this list with new books and media every couple of weeks.


Books
The Key the Doctrine of the Eucharist
by Abbot Vonier, foreword Peter Kreeft and Aiden Nichols
The richness of the sacrament of the Eucharist and the biblical meaning behind the tradition of the sacrifice at the Mass is explained in this book. I enjoyed this book so much, I read it twice.

Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross
by Edward Sri
Mary was obedient to God’s will, continuing to say yes even under the most difficult circumstances always trusting and believing in humbleness and obedience. This book takes a journey through Mary’s life and shows how she lives her life, filled with faith, with examples that can be applied to our own journey.

Jesus, The Way, the Truth and The Life
by Marcellino D’Ambrosio
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The Power of Humility
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This book explains what being humble means in relation to God, other people, and in the way a person views themself. The power of humility changes a person to live a more virtuous life.

15 Days of Prayer with Thomas Merton
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Thomas Merton, a Cistercian monk, draws from classic and monastic spirituality with daily suggestions of how to pray to have a stronger relationship with God.

Thank You for Being Such a Pain. Spiritual Guidance for Dealing with Difficult People.
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This book provides spiritual guidance on how to deal with people who can be challenging and advice on how to work through troublesome relationships. There are several enlightening quotes and stories throughout this book to enjoy and learn from as gems of inspiration.

1984
by George Orwell
A classic novel, and thought-provoking book of what society is like controlled by a government which limits knowledge, demands conformity of lifestyle, and has no legal system but grave punishments for not being aligned with beliefs by the government. Orwell presents the idea of what it might be to exist in a world where Big Brother is always watching, love and free-thought is restricted, truths which have always been taught are re-written to new truths, and vocabulary changed to a new vocabulary.

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Paddington
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Director: Paul King

Rating: PG
This is the live-action story of a young talking bear, named Paddington, based on the novel by Michael Bond. Paddington, a bear from Peru, is lost and alone in London until he finds his way into a new home with an English family. With an affinity for marmalade sandwiches, this adorable bear, finds himself in a series of comic misadventures while trying to avoid a museum taxidermist. This 2015 movie is a favorite!

Tangled
Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi
Directors: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard 
Rating: PG
This 2010 Disney, computer-animated, musical fantasy film is based on the story of Rapunzel, who has magical long-hair with powers to glow and heal. She lives in a castle secluded from the world with her stepmother. After befriending a runaway thief named Flynn in the castle, she convinces him to help her escape and see the world which leads her to her parents. A bright, light-hearted movie for any age!

Sing
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane 
Director: Garth Jennings
Rating: PG
This 2016, light-hearted, computer-animated, movie produced by Illumination released by Universal Pictures, is filled with music and funny scenes that are sure to make you laugh. Singing animals, each with their own personality, showcase their talents in a singing competition which results in saving their favorite theater. If you love music and animated films—this is one you won’t want to miss.


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Personality of Coronavirus

I am surprised at how compliant everyone has been with wearing a mask. It is mandatory within stores and public buildings, but it is just as common to see people wearing masks outside exercising. In Texas, even with the heat in the 100’s, people are continuing to wear masks outdoors, sweating from fear of the Coronavirus.

I think it would be interesting to do a psychological study of people based on how much they are masking themselves. As concern for the Coronavirus has continued, I’ve noticed people covering up their faces more and more. In retail environments where there have been the most people, I have seen people so covered up you cannot even see their face! How can the police even identify a thief anymore? Women are seen wearing large sunglasses and masks so that only their foreheads are left uncovered. Men wear bandanas that cover up the entire bottom half of their face below their eyes. Whereas in most cases it is difficult to implement any kind of policy, somehow wearing a mask is not even questioned. There are very few people who argue with it. How many of these are wearing a mask for prevention reasons and how many are wearing it because of psychological needs for safety, security, love, and belonging?

I have seen people who have their entire face covered. Is this a sign of care and security that the person is trying to create for themselves? Does the amount of coverage of the face signify fulfilling a need of self-love and way of conquering pain in their life, like trying to swaddle themselves in a baby blanket? Or maybe it is coverage from the fear of contracting the virus built up from all the hype and coverage of media, rather than the virus itself.

Perhaps for some, it is a way to physically look better or a means to lose weight. Sweating under a mask burns off calories on an entirely different area of the body than is typical. Similarly, with weight loss, how is it that a person can breathe who is exercising with their mouth and nose covered? I had a gym membership and it was manageable to walk on a treadmill at a slow speed with a mask on. However, any faster cardio activity was nearly impossible as the mask restrained breathing and caused my face to become really hot. Do people who workout intensely masked think it will strengthen their lungs by restraining their air? For those who are self-conscious about the bottom half of their face, it provides a chance to keep it hidden, but for most of us, we need a full supply of air. Likewise, it is a mystery to me how cyclists are able to ride their bikes completely masked. Yet many of them are cycling miles around the lake at the same speed as normal. How many of the walkers and runners with dogs on a leash do not care that the Coronavirus can be contracted to their pet? Where are the pet masks? Wouldn’t it make more sense if both pet and owner wore a mask or didn’t?

Living in a self-expressive era, people are eager to express themselves and show their personality and style. For those who care to express themselves by mask, wearing a unique mask is a way to do this. The number of styles I have seen have ranged from glitter and bling, to exaggerated mouths on the mask, patriotic versions, cartoons, and plenty of different colors and patterns. Those who love to sew, were quick to see the Coronavirus as an opportunity to show their skills. Handmade masks were made and distributed to friends and family members. Many still wear the basic disposable, blue and white mask. Bandanas also have been a quick makeshift for a mask, easily made by folding a bandana into thirds and popping hair bands on each end.

Very few people are actually practicing social distancing with 6 feet of space, but wearing a mask is followed by nearly the entire population and has become a trend. Has self-expression and the trend for fashion tied in with keywords like “social distancing” created a fad to drive compliancy?

Health and self-expression are always going to be top-sellers when it comes to the general public. Having an ailment or a special condition, makes you a commodity. We see this with parents and their children. “My child has ADHD”, or whatever other symptom, suddenly makes the child “special” and the parents have a topic to talk about. Topics revolve around the problem with their child, rather than emphasizing what the child excels in. This is a way parents can converse with one another encountering less feeling of inadequacy. Empathy can be found with a health issue, whereas bragging on talent might create adversity with another parent. The same type of approach applies to adult-to-adult conversation. Adults would rather discuss their woes rather than talk about what is uplifting. How many older people talk about their pains, medications and doctors visits when it would be more pleasant to hear about their life experiences. It creates a concern for self, which results in compassion from the other person. With the Coronavirus everyone gets a special band-aid pasted on their face.

It is understandable that vulnerable populations such as the elderly might have a greater fear of catching the Coronavirus. One would think that children would be of a higher concern as well. In retail store environments, I have heard mothers question why their children must wear a mask or if an exception can be made. Events and kids meals might make exceptions for kids, but with smaller lungs and little bodies, it would seem obvious they would fall into the high concern bracket. Psychologically is it that the parent feels neglected of care and must nurture themselves by wearing a mask while giving the child the benefit of freedom? The parent positions him or herself as the one who needs care above the child, when it should be both.

With the rich and famous, masking opens up more opportunities to be in public and not be identified. For those aspiring to be rich and famous, they too can dress differently and go around town in mask for a different experience. It is a chance for the affluent to be fashionable and show their sense of fashion by affording specialized masks to coordinate with their outfits. An article was posted about the Queen of England who wears a mask that matches her daily wardrobe of brightly colored suits. I also saw a young woman in downtown Dallas who had a mask made of the exact material of her outfit.  

While some cultures such as Islam require head coverings, covering the face is new for most Western cultures. Will this develop a greater appreciation for our mouths? An uncovered mouth is needed for sound and volume. Many hard of hearing must be affected by not being able to hear people who have mouth coverings on. It may create a new vision for how we see people, noticing the person rather than the external qualities. The mouth is also used for reading facial expressions. A person can take a vacation from smiling and no one will even know. I’ve even seen people stick their tongue out at me from behind their mask. And as for revenue from foundation makeup and lipstick, I would imagine sales are down. Personally, I prefer to be mask-free as much as possible, but follow policies where wearing a mask is required.

Wearing a mask is the perfect prelude to a reformation of etiquette in our culture. After being in timeout with the Coronavirus, with shelter in place, we were able to have a greater appreciation for our freedom and ability to interact with one another. Covering the mouth and nose, can visually signify halting gossip and nosiness, which is also indicative of rudeness. When restrictions were lifted for public shopping, it was a renewed experience of respectfulness of distance and the exclusiveness of having space while shopping. People were obedient to this and cautious of infecting others by following social distancing procedures. Now that most places have opened up, there seems to be not much difference as everyday life returns to normal. When we take our masks off, we will see other people’s faces again. What it would be like to remove the band-aids over our mouths and noses yielding a healed and healthy society of people. Furthermore, what if being mask-free meant a world culture safe from the Coronavirus, and one with a greater respectfulness for each other in our interactions and speech.  

Note: It is noted that the Coronavirus is real and has caused many deaths worldwide. This article is written from another perspective hoping to present other points such as how well marketed the Coronavirus has been with precautions followed seamlessly by the majority of the population because of the scare. A lack of respectfulness in today’s culture is equally contagious and deadly, which is a natural segue to this current worldwide concern.


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The Signs of Communication

With communication today, two extremities of communication exist: self-expression and speaking with discretion. Self-expression, or speaking openly on any topic without much censorship or use of etiquette, is common by most of the population. The second, opposite extreme, is speaking with discretion and saying very little in order to preserve one’s reputation. This is more typical of professionals and anyone of class, although it may not necessarily always the case. How are either of these improving the way we communicate? How are both of these skewing the line of civilized communication?

Self-Expression
The first extreme of communication is self-expression which has become an acceptable way to communicate today for most Americans. Unlike other countries, the United States does not have laws against hate speech. What a person says has no societal limitations in most settings. With this increase in self-expression, and decrease in societal parameters for civilized speech, the majority of the population feels they can say whatever they want—and for the most part they do. There is little thought put into what is said. Rather than considering how what is communicated might hurt or offend another, the priority is placed on voicing opinions without discretion, using uncivilized expressions, and being heard.

In the past, social standards influenced improper communication. In Roman and Greek cultures, speaking was seen as an art which had to be mastered before a person was given the right to speak on a topic. It could take years to master becoming an orator. The aspiring speaker had to first learn the art by studying the writings of philosophers, mastering grammar, and learning how to speak. In more modern times, within the United States, social standards set the acceptability of civilized speech and good etiquette. Even a minor comment could eliminate a person from social circles. Differences of opinion could certainly make for a worthy topic of discussion. However, being cordial was expected at a minimum for more vivacious discussions which could lead to arguments. It was possible for people to be accepted, although they might have differing opinions, and still be valued and respected with human dignity.

Within the last 50 years, there has been a shift to self-expression. The ability to say whatever is on a person’s mind is acceptable whether in person or online. There are hardly any limits to what a person may speak about. Open communication is seen as a way to provide transparency and the “honest story” of any person or situation. While this has many benefits, it crosses a line when dignity is stepped upon and boundaries are crossed. Consideration is necessary before speaking with regards to whom a person is talking to, if the topic is appropriate, and the choice of respectful words which are said for a pleasant conversation. Talking about anything can be very damaging. In fact, much of what people talk about has veered away from “ideas” and “intellectual topics”. Instead, what is more common is digressive speech such as gossip or speaking of topics which are inappropriate, very personal or sensitive in nature, or comments which might advertise the negative rather than focus on the positive. There is no preservation of the human dignity of a person. What needs to be said, is what is said, regardless of how it may hurt or offend the other person.

On social networks, a simple post can flare up into a war of replies within seconds. This trolling is often classified inaccurately as a “discussion” and “freedom of speech”. It would be better described as intolerance for a different view which triggers others chiming in to counter the post with an escalating degree of negativity and close-mindedness. These can occur even on simple posts that may not have any intent to attract opinions, but which result in a soapbox of negative, heated, responses. While self-expression allows for openness and problem solving, it can also open the door for adversity. Communication on digressive topics, and intentionally creating unnecessary conflict are examples of unhealthy communication. Speaking about anything without consideration of another person is rude and uncivilized.

The Power of Silence
The other extreme for communication is to choose to say very little or to remain silent. By speaking cautiously a person is more likely to preserve their good reputation. It also provides safety, by finding no partiality to any party or issue. The person remains politically correct by withholding an opinion. In many spiritual teachings, silence is perceived as golden. By remaining silent, a person can reflect wisdom. Remaining silent, a person does not reveal what they know or do not know. Likewise, by not speaking, there is less of a chance of speaking in an unintelligent manner, speaking offensively, or divulging information which should not be revealed. Remaining silent is also a way to absorb heated conflict, inappropriate speech, and to buy in time to respond with a more thoughtful response.

There is a time and a place to speak. George Washington said, “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter”.  While we should speak out rather than remain silent on situations of injustice, on political views or ways that may affect our life, saying less, rather than more can be a way which contributes to civility. Voicing an opinion without consideration, can breed hate more than solve problems. This is where uncivilized speech occurs. In today’s culture, it is more likely that the freedom of speech is taken too far through the self-expression of uncivilized conversation. Self-expression can be the ignition of unnecessary conflict just to express an opinion. When freedom of speech is taken to this extreme, responding with silence can help swing the equilibrium of communication, bringing it back to more peaceful speech and civilized communication. Knowing when to speak and when not to speak is important.

Finding the Balance with Human Dignity and Respect
Some social and professional settings still have standards for communication, although uncivilized speech is more popular. Realizing that there is a place for self-expression while maintaining a standard for civilized communication is the challenge which we face today. Many do not recognize digressive communication. Being desensitized by the current standard, hardly anyone today questions inappropriate speech which is on the tongues of most and found in media and by leaders. If culture continues to accept digressive speech, it is a reflection on our country, acceptability for digression and lack of etiquette, and is an insult to the right to the Freedom of Speech which we have. The First Amendment was created for Americans to speak up for freedom and liberties for all. With an acceptability of hate speech and speaking on digressive topics, society is infected with negativity, hate, unacceptability, intolerance for differences, immaturity, a lack of professionalism, and lack of human dignity. It shows an inability to communicate and interact with others. For a country which prides itself on being a melting pot, this is not congruent. Although not everyone will get along, there needs to be a greater degree of respect for differences whether it is race, belief, lifestyle, ability, economic or any other characteristic. Valuing differences and human life needs a higher tolerance and acceptance. Inequality will always exist, but human dignity needs to be upheld. Since the primary problem of unacceptability stems from inappropriate speech, correcting communication that is off-balance can help set society upright to a culture with a civilized standard.


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Words & Phrases: How To Phrase It

How you speak matters, and so does knowing ‘when to chew it’. The Freedom of Speech does not mean it is acceptable to say just anything. Slander, defamation, and verbal abuse are abuse of the freedom of speech and are even a liability for a civil lawsuit. Knowing how to speak properly makes a difference in employment showing good communication skills. Thinking before you speak gives you a chance to form what you have to say in the most positive and polite manner. This infographic and podcast shares information on how to express what you have to say in a civilized way.

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SAY…WHAT!?! About Speech

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If you think Freedom of Speech means the freedom to say anything, think again. Defamation and other speech can be civil offenses. On the 4th of July we celebrate our country’s independence and the freedoms we have as Americans. The First Amendment protects the freedom of speech but how are many turning this into the liberty of hate speech? Learn more about defamation, slander, and effective communication. The content below shares valuable information on communication and the different between good speech and traps that we fall in with our tongue. View the infographic and read or listen to the podcast here!

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What you says matters and speaking well of others is where winners are at. Join Clean Up Dallas with Culture and Kindness for the podcast: How To Phrase It and You Can Quote Me. This podcast talks about how what you say matters especially when Freedom of Speech is taken too far. Learn ways to improve your relationships and how you speak by listening to the podcasts this month and joining this month’s online book discussions. Reach for a higher standard when it comes to communication. Be Cultured. Be Kind.

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Goals to Inspire Others

Choose to be a light of inspiration for all those who you encounter throughout the day. In how you communicate, what you do, and what you have to say, you have the ability to positively impact someone’s day. How you interact can cause a domino effect to affect others for better or worse. By resolving to raise your personal standard of etiquette, respect, and kindness, you will notice your relationships improve. Noticing an improvement with yourself, you will also see a significant change in how others interact with you. Living this way as a good example, others will also notice and re-evaluate how they are speaking and acting. You can be an example to others in the way you speech and act. Practicing good etiquette will add the dynamic components of respect, value, and human dignity to your relationships. Change the world! Inspire a culture of kindness and respect.


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