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Writing, speaking, and creating positive change for people are my specialties.

With her deep life experience as a parent, educator, writer, and community activist, you feel like you have a really wise friend encouraging you to value your creativity and uniqueness.

What Readers Are Saying about How To Be a Durable Human

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    Nicole Hales

    Media Relations Professional and Mother of Three.

    Very positive, very helpful, very accessible useful information for anyone!

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    Caron Martinez

    Author and University Communications Director

    Embracing and celebrating what makes us human is at the core of this book. We all need the reminder that the human mind, body, and soul are in fact a remarkable creation in a tech-drenched world!

  • Bruce Wright

    Technologist and bicycling advocate

    Jenifer presents many techniques for dealing with the many stresses posed by our reliance on technology that we face on a daily basis.

5 Top Takeaways of How To Be a Durable Human 

  1. To maintain versatile eyesight: Use the 20-20-20-rule: look up from the computer screen every twenty minutes at something at least twenty feet away for at least twenty seconds.
  2. To reduce information overload: When responding to email, save yourself and the sender time. Avoid open-ended questions such as “Thoughts?” and instead give finite choices such as “Would you like me to (a) call, (b) stop, or (c) butt out?”
  3. To banish that “frazzled feeling”: When you’re on a device and your head begins to throb, stepping outside in the sunshine and breeze for a few minutes decreases stress and increases your brain’s ability to process information.
  4. To sleep well in an always-on world: Since hand-held devices such as phones and tablets are funnels for alerts, notices, and other things that go beep in the night, use a plug-in alarm clock and charge phones out of earshot, such as in a hallway or bathroom.
  5. To keep emotions on an even keel: Step outside if you can to be soothed by the green and breeze. Otherwise, use the STOP technique. Stop what you're doing. Take a slow, deep breath. Observe your surroundings. Proceed to doing what needs your attention most at the moment.

About Jenifer 

As a multi-media reporter and durable living advocate, Jenifer Joy Madden informs the world about health and well-being on news outlets ranging from The Washington Post  to Tech Republic to The Children and Nature Network to her website, DurableHuman.com.

After living the surprises, joys, and frustrations of raising three durable humans (now all grown up and managing nicely in this complex, beautiful world), she created the concept of The Durable Human to encourage people to cherish and tap their curiosity, creativity, compassion, and so many other assets they possess as human beings.

Speaking with audiences large and small, Jenifer leads dynamic and inspiring events in indoor settings or surrounded by the splendor of nature.

Jenifer distills her science background and rich life experience into her books: the philosophical and inspiring The Durable Human Manifesto: Practical Wisdom for Living and Parenting in the Digital World and the practical advice-filled How To Be a Durable Human: Revive and Thrive  in the Digital Age Through the Power of Self-Design.

Download a free PDF copy of The Durable Human Manifesto here.

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