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Outsmarting Anger: 7 Strategies for Defusing Our Most Dangerous Emotion by Leigh Devine, Joseph Shrand

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Chapter 5

Project Peace

If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.

—Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth Dalai Lama (1935–)

Let us ever remember that our interest is in concord, not in conflict; and that our real eminence rests in the victories of peace, not those of war.

—William McKinley (1843–1901)

I came home one day to find a stranger putting up a yard sale sign on my front lawn. At first I was fairly annoyed. What business did this guy have putting a sign on my lawn? I got out of my car and approached him, at which point he bristled, and I sensed a defiant attitude. I felt my limbic response kicking in, but then consciously shifted to my PFC. In a calm and gentle tone, I asked what he was doing. His response was defensive: ...

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