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7 Foundations of Health and Happiness: Building a Bridge To Balance - This book provides further thought-provoking questions for each Foundation, allowing the reader to better assess their current level in the Pillar System - Insufficient, Enough, Optimal and Perfect. It guides the reader through choosing which Foundation to begin improving, how to create an action plan, and tips to be successful.

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Bill Manahan, MD

- Assistant Professor Emeritus, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Past president of the American Holistic Medical Association
- Founding member and lifetime certified diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine
- Author of Eat For Health: A Do-It-Yourself Nutrition Guide for Solving Common Medical Problems


"The 7 Foundations transformed the way I look at my life, and the power I have to change my everyday happiness."

Kristin Taylor, CEO, Taylor'd Strategies


"The 7 Foundations are a way for me to pinpoint strategies to really support myself and my family through my personal self-care journey."

Susan McDowall, PhD



Dr. Heermann receives many requests for recommendations on helpful resources, so she has collected the below list of her most-frequently-recommended books, products, and programs in the hopes this may contribute to your ease and learning.

She may have an affiliate relationship with the sellers of some of these items. However, please rest assured she only recommends books and products that she has personally used, for herself or for her clients, and has determined to be both helpful and scientifically sound.

Happiness and Life Balance

Daring Greatly - Brene Brown

Influencer - Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, David Maxfield , Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

Happier - Tal Ben-Shahar

Spontaneous Happiness - Andrew Weil

First Things First - Stephen Covey, A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca Merrill

The Path - Laurie Beth Jones

How To Want What You Have - Timothy Miller

Anger Kills - Redford Williams

Tal Ben-Shahar’s online and in-person training programs

Stress Management

The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook - Davis, Robbins-Eshelman, and McKay

How to Meditate - Lawrence LeShan

Best Of Stress Management kit - Center for Mind-Body Medicine - CMBM

Mind-Body Medicine training - Center for Mind-Body Medicine - CMBM


Nonviolent Communication - Marshall B. Rosenberg, Arun Gandhi

Online NVC Training - NVC Academy

5 Properties of an Effective, Specific Request article - Alex Censor

Facebook - NVC Beginners' Group

Nutrition and Fitness

Mindless Eating - Brian Wansink

Eat by Choice, Not by Habit - Sylvia E. Haskvitz

In Defense of Food - Michael Pollan

Eat Stop Eat - Brad Pilon

7 secrets of slim people - Vikki Hansen, Shawn Goodman

Turbulence Training - Craig Ballantyne

Original Rubber Band Workout - Tamilee Webb

12 Minute Total Body Workout - Joyce Vedral



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