Monthly Article Archives: October 2003

The Power to Change Your Life: Ten Keys to Resilient LivingRobert Brooks, Ph.D.

The latest book I co-authored with my colleague Dr. Sam Goldstein was recently released. In contrast to our previous works about resilience, which focused on developing hope and optimism in children, The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life, addresses the steps we can take as adults to pursue a more resilient lifestyle. We co-authored this month’s article with the goal of highlighting ten keys to resilient living that we describe in our new book. It is our hope that as you read the article you will reflect upon your current mindset and behaviors and consider changes that you can make to lead a more fulfilling, balanced life. Do you often feel stressed? If you do, you’re not alone. The media frequently referred to 2002 as the year of anxiety. A 2001 Gallup Poll reported that 80% of adults experienced periodic or frequent stress. A recent report issued by the National Institute of Mental Health identified 22% of American adults as suffering from a mental disorder, for many, the cumulative effect of living with stress. Stress has been implicated in, or reported to exacerbate, a wide spectrum of physical problems, including heart disease, stroke, and

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