To be resilient, start by avoiding the word “happiness”

Neurologist Oliver Sacks spent half a century studying the minds of people with chronic brain diseases, patients who operated at neurological extremes. were manic, and some patients alternated between extreme states. In his book The River of Consciousness, Sacks refers to resilience as the “middle ground” that gives people mental control and stability. Image: Yellen

Resilience Is A Mindset Of Awareness And Practice

History is filled with stories of tragedy, upheaval and immense challenges. In Viktor E. Frankel’s book, “Man’s Search for Meaning,” he recounts his experience in a Nazi concentration camp and how he managed to wake up each consecutive day in the face of unending cruelty and deprivation. Considering the vital message of mental strength and invaluable lessons described in his book that are and will be relevant for generations to come, I have been interviewing a cross-section of professionals with varying experiences and points of view. My findings are that as humans, who tend to find comfort in taking the easy, safe route, we sometimes ignore the lessons of history at our own peril…


To be resilient, start by avoiding the word “happiness”

Happiness isn’t a country. You don’t get there and stay. It’s a fleeting space, a feeling that comes and goes, so focusing on being happy is just a distraction, according to some psychologists. Better to develop resilience, which is a characteristic that you can cultivate to improve the quality of your life in any circumstances.

Resilience is essentially emotional elasticity, the ability to manage changes and difficulties. It’s the ability to deal with life’s vicissitudes with some grace, not being derailed by every failure, mistake, or shift in circumstances. The skill is worth learning, says psychologist Anna Rowley—who counsels executives at corporations like Microsoft on cultivating existential “mastery”—because emotional flexibility is exceptionally handy in our rapidly-changing world. Resilience provides you with a personal foundation of strength and sense of safety…


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