Today we in
the United States remember and pay tribute to the men and women in the Armed
Forces who have sacrificed their lives to protect our freedoms over the years. Other
military personnel have given up healthy bodies and psyches in service to
country. In their honor this Memorial
Day and with respect for their unique bravery, we offer you links to
organizations that provide assistance to soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and
their families. You can make a difference by supporting their work.
is a national initiative that provides members of the Armed Services and their
families opportunities and support. United We Serve can help you search for volunteer opportunities to help
military families in your community.
The mission of The Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded
soldiers with a variety of programs to strengthen Mind, Body, Economic
Empowerment and Engagement, including PTSD evaluation. Fisher House
gives families the chance to be close to their military loved ones who are
hospitalized and provides scholarships to support programs improving the
quality of life for military families. The Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial support for injured and
critically ill Marines and their families.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, TAPS, provides comfort
and healing for those who have lost a loved one in service to America.
Their motto, "Remember the Love, Celebrate the Life, Share the Journey,"
aptly reflects their mission.
As we remember today, with love and respect, the sacrifice of these men
and women, we can also reflect on the ideals of service, courage, and
camaraderie they embody. They can be role models that we seek to
Here's just a brief look at Dr.
Donadio's answers to some of our questions about changing and improving your
NFR: Change is never easy, especially for people who are used to behaving or
communicating a certain way for years. How does your book make change
Georgianna: It makes change possible by identifying the specific needs people have
in communication exchanges. These needs and the steps to create effective and
fulfilling communication have been researched for over 30 years.
NFR: A central part of your Changing
Behavior is the concept of Behavioral Engagement. What exactly is
Georgiannia: Behavioral Engagement is the name of the set of communication skills
that were developed. The name describes what the skills are about – how
specific behavior engages others to create positive outcomes in communication.
NFR: What are your 12 steps for more effective communication?
Georgianna: The 12 steps are extensive to describe but here are the first few steps
Enter into your communications with a focus on the person and
conversation you are having in that moment and not being distracted by other
thoughts, concerns or most importantly with an agenda for the conversation or
exchange you are having. Many of us are sitting with another person not really
listening or being present, but rather just waiting to interject our thoughts
rather than take in what the other person is sharing with us.
Sit in a comfortable, relaxed position that will allow you to be open
(without crossed arms and legs) and receptive. Avoiding distracting movements
such as playing with your hair, your eyeglasses, jewelry you may be wearing,
etc. signals to the other person that you are actually paying attention to them
Maintain soft, non-judgmental eye contact. This creates openness and
also stimulates oxytocin, which is a hormone/neurotransmitter that produces
feelings of trust and love.
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