After loss or trauma, we all hope to bounce back. Some of us manage to bounce forward. Learn how helping others gives our suffering meaning, allowing us to grow from the most difficult experiences of our lives.
Staying silent can make your loved ones feel even more isolated after grief, loss, or hardship. Talking about the elephant in the room is one way to acknowledge your friend's suffering and speak with empathy and honesty.
Dan Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness” and social psychologist challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Gilbert describes how our “psychological immune system” can help us find happiness—synthetic or natural—when things don’t go as planned.
Resilience is the strength and speed of our response to adversity. It’s a skillset we develop over the course of our lives, and there are concrete steps we can take to build resilience long before we face any kind of difficulty.
There’s something about the holiday season that brings out the spirit of generosity. In addition to making things a bit brighter for others—and helping us feel good in turn—this season of doing good gives us a way to teach children a lesson in caring for others.
Developmental psychologist Carol Dweck explains how kids who embrace effort and difficulty learn to take on challenges. They use a growth mindset—the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. Learn about this influential field of psychology, and the power of believing that you can improve.
If you’re struggling with mental health challenges like depression, loneliness, or anxiety—or you know someone who is—find resources to help you cope from Option B, because we all deserve to treat our mental health with the same care and compassion we do our physical health.