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We are coming to understand health not as the absence of disease, but rather as the process by which individuals maintain their sense of coherence (i.e. sense that life is comprehensible, manageable, and meaningful) and ability to function in the face of changes in themselves and their relationships with their environment. --Aaron Antonovsky (in World's First PhD Program In Happiness)

Being healthy means a wholeness in the living of one's life -- a dynamic and constantly changing balance that acknowledges the soundness of our physical state, the wholesomeness of lifestyle, the values that define our behavior, our intimate and collective relationships, the meaning and purpose of our work in the world, and the spiritual dimension of our existence. --William B. Stewart (in Seven Simple Health Habits)

Technology is neither good nor bad, nor even neutral. Technology is one part of the complex of relationships that people form with each other and the world around them; it simply cannot be understood outside of that context. --Samuel Collins (in A Concert Interrupted With Heart)

Whenever I groan within myself and think how hard it is to keep writing about love in these times of tension and strife which may, at any moment, become for us all a time of terror, I think to myself: What else is the world interested in? What else do we all want, each one of us, except to love and be loved, in our families, in our work, in all our relationships? --Dorothy Day (in A Common Word Between Us & You)

Technology is neither good nor bad, nor even neutral. Technology is one part of the complex of relationships that people form with each other and the world around them; it simply cannot be understood outside of that concept. --Samuel Collins (in College Students Build Car for the Blind)

The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships. --Anthony Robbins (in Longevity in Relationships: 10 Tips)

Simplicity of living means meeting life face to face. It means confronting life clearly, without unnecessary distractions. It means being direct and honest in relationships of all kinds. It means taking life as it is. --Duane Elgin (in The Spiritual Wisdom of Simplicity)

In our relationships we need to uphold that aspect of the person which is the real person and the soul beyond their own self-doubt. --Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan (in Teenage Football Players Conspiracy of Kindness)

Trust is the glue of life...It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships. --Stephen Covey (in A World Where We Trust Strangers)

Children who develop strong, caring relationships with all the people and living things around them will be more grounded and ultimately more prepared to function in, and meaningfully contribute to, an increasingly complex society. --Mark Sorensen (in Peacemaking the Navajo Way)

People's great creativity and diversity, our desire for contribution and relationships, blossom when the heart of our community is clear and beckoning, and when we refrain from cluttering our paths with proscriptions and demands. The future of community is best taught to us by life. --Margaret Wheatley (in The Promise & Paradox of Community)

When gifts circulate within a group, their commerce leaves a series of interconnected relationships in its wake, and a kind of decentralized cohesiveness emerges.
--Lewis Hyde
(in Gift Ecology: A Conversation with Nipun Mehta)

A person is a person through other persons; you can't be human in isolation; you are human only in relationships. --Desmond Tutu (in Social Distance: A Community-Style Poem)

We can think of place-making as something that happens through movement: significance, memories and relationships are created by patterns of walking, approaching, branching away, visiting, gathering. --Michael Givens (in Of People, Plants and Place)

When we listen, we open ourselves to new, joyous relationships with species other than our own. --Kathleen Dean Moore (in Listen: Four Love Songs)

If privilege is a disconnection drug, the antidote is connection. It's being in authentic relationships where you show up with your vulnerability. --Chuck Collins (in How Much Is Enough?)

To listen to trees, nature's great connectors, is to learn how to inhabit the relationships that give life its source, substance, and beauty --David George Haskell (in The Log- Year 2)


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