Eight Habits of the Heart: Building Strong Communities

In this inspiring program, based off his acclaimed book Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing the Values that Build Strong Families and Communities, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Clifton Taulbert shares eight habits that hold the potential to change your community and your life. Strong communities are not accidental, but intentional—an ongoing process of recognizing the value of multi-micro dosages of unselfishness being lived out daily. Where such places exist, the citizens are future focused and children and the elderly are valued. To be a builder of such a place, one has to recognize the value of his or her unselfish actions, and to be a stalwart defender of working together to ensure that a good and strong community exists. According to Clifton, “Communities are the gathering of people, where dreams and ideas are explored and moved forward. Where sharing across ‘back fences’ is commonplace.” The Eight Habits of the Heart are the call to action and the materials (principles) needed to build and maintain a good and strong community.


  • A genuine recognition that “Others Matter”
  • The embrace of unselfishness as the driving force to ensure a good and strong community
  • The willingness to explore personal actions that need to be STOPPED, STARTED and ACCELERATED to ensure a good and strong community
  • Understanding the VALUE of the continuous building PROCESS
  • Recognizing that building a COMMUNITY is never final, but is an on-going PROCESS