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This groundbreaking and life-changing work based on the latest research effectively demonstrates “the profound impact that love, connection, and kindness have on our health” (Mark Williamson, PhD, director of Action for Happiness).

When Columbia University doctor Kelli Harding began her clinical practice, she never intended to explore the invisible factors behind our health. But then there were the rabbits. In 1978, a seemingly straightforward experiment designed to establish the relationship between high blood cholesterol and heart health in rabbits discovered that kindness — in the form of a particularly nurturing post-doc who pet and spoke to the lab rabbits as she fed them — made the difference between a heart attack and a healthy heart. 

As Dr. Kelli Harding reveals in this eye-opening book, the rabbits were just the beginning of a much larger story. Groundbreaking new research shows that love, friendship, community, and our environment can have a greater impact on our health than anything that happens in the doctor’s office. For instance, chronic loneliness can be as unhealthy as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day; napping regularly can decrease one’s risk of heart disease; and people with purpose are less likely to get sick. At once paradigm-shifting and empowering, The Rabbit Effect illuminates vital public health research showing kindness in our day-to-day lives can make the “world a healthier, happier place. I recommend this book highly for anyone who wants to live more healthfully” (Christy Turlington Burns, and CEO of Every Mother Counts). 

©2019 Kelli Harding (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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The lifestyle discoveries within are SO important, illuminating and of immeasurable help to all of us who desire to become the best we can be. Unfortunately, listening to the book being read AT me by the author spoiled what could have been an outstanding experience. I found her voice unpleasant and made the worse by her plodding cadence along with the apparent stressing of “important “points, that I couldn’t listen for long periods. I would suggest another edition in which the author try lowering her pitch and narrating as though she were talking to an audience naturally. .Or she could find a good narrator...I prefer soothing male voices myself.

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“Your company won’t love you back.”

If you like learning through stories, and you like the idea of pursuing a happier life by making easy changes that you previously just hadn't happened to think about, then you'll really love reading this book. And if you've been promising yourself to start meditating for years but haven't gotten around to it, maybe go ahead and read this book first instead (which I highly recommend), because the net benefit from the lessons I'm taking away are probably worth a decade of meditation in terms of improved mental health, perspective, and happiness.

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Powerful, informative, impactful!

One of the best and thoroughly explained and broken down the power of kindness and it’s impact on our health. So glad I listened to this! Bought the hard back for reference!

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WOW

why is this not utilized more? it makes so much since. I am moved beyond words.

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The best book on health and life I have ever read

This book will change your life. It is so honest and full of information and the author has a true ability to connect the dots. Amazing.

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Phenomenal book!

This book is transformative. I found myself immediately putting kindness into practice and finding my life becoming better in countless ways. The author’s voice is soothing as well as encouraging and a joy to listen to during my hectic days.

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I Care

As a retired nurse I could appreciate the message expressed. I miss the work and the people, both staff and patients. It was always my desire to make a difficult time easier regardless of the outcome. The final bit regarding her mother and son brought a lump to my throat. Thank you for an inspiring message.

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Fantastic book that could change the world

So much truth in this book about powers most of us are unaware of or ignore. I found this book moving, and the reading by the author was excellent.

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Intelligent, insightful, moving. Everyone should hear this book. She discusses the hidden factors of health overlooked by our current approach. Ones that - according to clear research - can dramatically improve outcomes for all of us.

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Fantastic!!

Great information that will help everyone live a happier and healthier life. It is well written and read by the author in a way that makes you want to read or listen more. Worth a read or listen!