Four simple phrases- Please forgive me, I forgive you, Thank you, and I love you -carry ermous power to mend and nurture our relationships and inner lives. These four phrases and the sentiments they convey provide a path to emotional wellbeing, guiding us through interpersonal difficulties to life with integrity and grace. Dr. Ira Byock, an international leader in palliative care, explains how we can practice these life-affirming words in our day-to-day lives. Too often we assume that the people we love really kw that we love them. Dr. Byock demonstrates the value of stating the obvious and provides practical insights into the benefits of letting go of old grudges and toxic emotions. His stories help us to forgive, appreciate, love, and celebrate one ather and live life more fully. Using the Four Things in a wide range of life situations, we can experience emotional healing even in the wake of family strife, personal tragedy, divorce, or in the face of death. With practical wisdom and spiritual power, The Four Things That Matter Mostgives us the language and guidance to hor and experience what really matters most in our lives every day.
Ira Byock, M.D., is a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life. He is past president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and directed the national Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Byock is a professor of medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.