• The Rabbit Effect

  • Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness
  • By: Kelli Harding MD MPH
  • Narrated by: Kelli Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (203 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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WOW

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

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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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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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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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Powerful content, excellent narration

I recommend this book to anyone working to improve themselves, impact lives of their loved ones, and those looking for clarity of the path and how to get there.

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10% Rabbit Effect

10% Rabbit Effect, 10% random musings, 15% liberalism, 20% other studies, 45% personal, not professional advice drawing inferences from either studies or personal experiences. Overall an okay book with some key studies mentioned. But the problem is really the only study mentioned in depth is in the first chapter, and really, the whole point of the book is deciphered in the first chapter. There was 1 interesting study 50 years ago, involving rabbits. I was expecting that her life's work was follow up studies and thats what this book was about that, but no. As for the other studies, I think you're better off with the explanations from other books, since she mentions some pretty commonly cited studies.

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Some good science, conjecture, warm fluff

I'm glad this book was written. I hope more are done on the topic.
The author reader was not great, her inflections didn't convey the passion that could have been delivered from the text.
I liked the studies, and the suggestions that came from that empiricism. Kindness is powerful.
Some areas of the book were not so well based on data, but there were still calls to action based on assumptions that might not be true.

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Interesting and important read

An interesting book with important information marred by short-sighted analysis of racist, sexist, and divisive puedo-science.
And no this review is not an example of implicit bias.

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