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Option B is a new book about facing adversity, building resilience, and finding joy.

Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant combine stories, research, and practical advice to help you build strength for life’s challenges—and help your family and community do the same. Read an excerpt

Option B is a new book about facing adversity, building resilience, and finding joy.

We all live some form of Option B.
This book can help us all make the most of it.

After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound.

Option B combines Sheryl’s personal insights with Adam’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. It explores the stories of a broad range of people who have overcome challenges in their lives, identifies how we can best talk to and help others in crisis, and offers practical tips for creating resilient families, communities, and workplaces.

Two weeks after losing her husband, Sheryl was preparing for a father-child activity. “I want Dave,” she cried. A friend said to her, “Option A is not available. So let’s just kick the shit out of Option B."

Topics we cover

  • Grief & Loss
  • Health, Illness & Injury
  • Abuse & Sexual Assault
  • Divorce & Family Challenges
  • Hate & Violence
  • Incarceration
  • Raising Resilient Kids
  • Resilience

OptionB.Org addresses a range of life-changing challenges.

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