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How To Help A Person In Pain

You can’t assume you know what’s going on but you can find a compassionate way to ask. Don’t start sentences with “you”—it puts people on the defensive. So rather than “You’ve been different lately,” say “I notice you’re more tearful, more angry. Is this something you want to talk about?” And if so, tell her how …

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The 3 Most Devastating Kinds Of Loss (And How To Recover)

I’m a long-time fan of Louise Hay who is big on affirmations for emotional and physical healing. And according to Louise and co-author David Kessler of You Can Heal Your Heart, understanding what kind of loss you’re experiencing can sometimes help you find your best self in the situation.  Especially if you use these specific affirmations. 1. Complicated …

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Cool Mona’s 2015 Photo Of The Year

1st Place – 2015 Natural World Photography Competition Title: The World In Our Hands Black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Zimbabwe When a black rhino calf was found lost and dehydrated, it was brought in for rehabilitation at Malilangwe reserve. There, anti-poaching scouts are caring for it until it grows older. Illegal hunting of …

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A Cool Mona Book Review: A Little Life

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, published 2015. Shortlisted (1 of 4) for the 2015 National Book Award, shortlisted (1 of 6) for the 2015 Man Booker Prize and finalist for The 2015 Kirkus Prize For Fiction. Buckle up and prepare for the most challenging, upsetting and profoundly moving book that you may possibly ever …

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Cool Mona’s Top 10 Posts Of 2015

A Cool Mona Masterpiece: Magda Sayeg & The Art Of Yarn Bombing  The Cool Mona Community: Meet Mr. Ted of Boston! A Cool Mona Masterpiece: Stunning Photos Of Atypical Models In Honey Be A Depression Detective 13 Things I’ve Learned From Being Married 3 Times A Cool Mona Masterpiece: Iranian Women Remove Hijabs On Facebook …

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Cool Mona’s Top 5 Reads Of 2015

I can’t quit talking about them. I wonder how the author developed such concepts and characters. I bring them up in random conversations. I won’t forget them. Just The Facts by Ellen Sherman, 2015 Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, 2014 The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender, 2010. Fates And Furies by Lauren …