The Nature Of Joyful Relationships: Inspiring Tails From The Animal Kingdom To Transform Your Life by Denise Donato-mcconnellThe Nature Of Joyful Relationships: Inspiring Tails From The Animal Kingdom To Transform Your Life by Denise Donato-mcconnell

The Nature Of Joyful Relationships: Inspiring Tails From The Animal Kingdom To Transform Your Life

byDenise Donato-mcconnell

Paperback | January 8, 2013

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Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions?
  • Am I creating my relationships from a place of love and compassion?
  • Isn't it just part of our animal nature to react with fear and anger?
  • How do I change my perspective to create the healthy, joyful relationships I so desire?

The author found answers in what may seem an unlikely group of teachers:
  • A rescue mutt and a feral feline live in the moment without self-judgment.
  • A lioness who adopted an oryx, illustrates healthy parent-child relationships.
  • A mouse and a frog in an Indian monsoon demonstrate how to do business in a global economy.


A collection of stories about unique animal friendships and families. They illustrate how to move beyond supposed primal instincts of fear and mistrust and explore what happens when you substitute love and compassion. Reading these funny and heartwarming tales, you may come to experience a change in perspective that can bring about your own healthy, joyful, relationships.
Denise Donato-McConnell has delighted audiences from coast to coast with her storytelling.While traveling the world in search of animal stories, Denise has published a series of articles. Her time with the Pandas in Chengdu resulted in her articleLessons from A Panda, How Life as an Expat in China Isn't Always Black and White.An award ...
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Title:The Nature Of Joyful Relationships: Inspiring Tails From The Animal Kingdom To Transform Your LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.27 inPublished:January 8, 2013Publisher:Morgan James PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781614483595

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"It was a thrilling way to be awakened. He nudged aside the tent flap, letting in a beam of light that warmed my cheek and tickled my eyelids. I opened my eyes and saw him, backlit by the dazzling orange-gold of another breathtaking South African sunrise. He looked so handsome silhouetted there, batting those long, lush eyelashes! I slid out of my cot to greet him—and to keep him from laying his four hundred pounds of neck on me and licking me with that rough, eighteen-inch-long prehensile tongue. My morning visitor was, of course, my favorite even-toed ungulate: the majestic, one-of-a-kind giraffe. I walked outside my tent and stood on the attached elevated porch, which compensated some for the difference in our heights. From this vantage point, I shared some fruit with him and his mate. I also tossed food to the little stray dog that frequently showed up in the company of these two giraffes. While the pup was normally timid and skittish near humans, he must have felt safe enough with his adopted family, because he accepted my breakfast offerings. Even though he hid between hooves that could whip out with enough force to crush a lion’s skull, the pup trusted its new giraffe “mom.” I marveled yet again at how comfort and accommodation can be found in the unlikeliest places."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 Why Can’t We Be Friends?
2 An Enlightened Rescue Mutt
3 Having a Doggone Good Time
4 When the Lion Lies Down with the Lamb
5 What a Real Family “Feels Like”
6 I Love You, Deer One
7 How to Enjoy a Bear Hug
8 The Frog Prince Charming
9 How to Avoid Shell Shock
10 But We Are Only Human
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