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Author Alan C. Fox Says: Leave Them Wanting More

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When I was 12 years old my mother took me and my younger brother to Hawaii to meet my father who had been traveling in Asia with the Xavier Cugat band. We stayed for one week at a small motel in Waikiki. By now a fifty-story hotel has no doubt arisen from that same small plot of land. While in Honolulu we toured the Dole pineapple plantation where I was treated to what felt like Christmas in April. Sweet, delicious pineapple. The sight of it. The scent of it. The taste of it in unlimited quantities. And it was all free. There were fountains from which no water flowed, just pineapple juice. Not from a can that cost 18 cents, but from…

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Author Alan C. Fox: Why Positive Reinforcement is (almost) Always Better Than Negative

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Years ago, a University of Southern California professor who was teaching a psychology class I was sitting in on taught me an important lesson about human behavior. He suggested that positive reinforcement is a more effective way of getting people to do what you want than negative reinforcement. “What?!?!?!” I objected. “That’s crazy!” Despite my objections, he challenged me to try out his theory with my friends, loved ones, and employees and report back to the class about my results. To my surprise, he was right: in almost every instance that week, using positive reinforcement rather than negative yielded a better result for me and the other people involved. This lesson has stuck with me over the years. And I’ve…

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Author Alan C. Fox Says: The Best Defense is No Defense

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When I think of defense, I think of forts in the 19th century American West, where settlers huddled, protected from attack by walls and the U.S. army. I think of castles in England, with drawbridges, gates, and moats. I think of Neighborhood Watch groups, trying to spot potential intruders and keep him or her out. Defense, by definition, is designed to keep others away or chase them off. Years ago I read an excellent book, Do I Have to Give Up Me To Be Loved By You? written by Jordan and Margaret Paul. As it turns out, I attended elementary school with Margaret, then known as Margie. The book suggests a skill which I highly recommend, and, at times, even…

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Bio-Touch Offers Relief from All of that Holiday Stress

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Does a warm hug from Santa or a friend make you feel better during the holiday hustle? There’s a growing body of evidence to support the power of human touch. Debra Schildhouse a certified practitioner of Bio-Touch, a body work therapy that helps alleviate stress and physical symptoms, knows how a simple touch can alleviate stress. “In my practice I often see clients who are so stressed they are in actual pain. The gentle application of Bio-Touch helps them relieve that tension and immediately feel better,” says Schildhouse, who has been a practitioner of Bio-Touch for more than six years. She is the author of Bio-Touch: Healing With The Power In Our Fingertips and explains that it’s a mind-blowing practice anyone,…

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