Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and others

A large change in behavior and attitude is hard work, and requires self assessment that can be very disagreeable and disturbing. While all this is going on we need comfort and hope, and hearing from others who have made it through provides some balm to the troubled spirit. Chicken soup goes down easily for a sore throat, is nourishing and easy to digest when we don’t feel well, and is traditionally brought to our sick bed by a comforting mother or friend. When we feel down and out emotionally or are grieving losses, “chicken soup” is a good metaphor for the kind of help we can receive from others who have been through what we are enduring. The help in this case is a collection of short essays designed to be a “personal, portable support group” and includes several pertinent cartoons.

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