There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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A Personal Perspective: Embracing your life isn't only about facing the challenges life brings. It means accepting and fully occupying life's good times, too.
It's hard sometimes to keep going when the going is rough. But when you have a purpose, a reason to move forward, you can get through pretty much anything.
Are you sick of others stigmatizing your age, health condition, or something else that makes you different from their standard of "normal"? Reject their stigma and define yourself.
Too often we squander our time wishing we could live another life than the one we have been given. But only we can choose to take the road that will lead us to our true home.
The world seems like a dark place. But we can help brighten it by finding and sharing the light within us.
Homesickness can dampen our holiday cheer. Fortunately, there are things we can do to reduce the gloom and enjoy the moment even while missing the places and people who mean "home."
Sometimes it can feel as if life's challenges are pulling us further out on a sea of troubles. Focusing on what we are grateful for keeps us anchored in reality.
Fall offers powerful lessons for living with authenticity and wisdom. The month of October shouts those lessons from the treetops.
Stop pursuing happiness and instead focus on knowing yourself. You may be surprised by how much a sense of purpose and meaning will increase your happiness.
If you're feeling an urge for a better life than you are living now, these steps could help you create it.
Trying to imagine what resilience looks like? Consider the iconic stonewalls of New England, monuments to the tested and toughened people who built them.
Making music, even just listening to it, can alter our mood and build social connections among people. It's also a powerful tool to support our resilience.
Gay men in the HIV-AIDS epidemic were forced to create their own ways to mourn loved ones. What they learned offers powerful lessons for traumatized survivors of COVID-19.
Pride Month is for everyone who knows about seizing control of their life story and telling it as a tale of heroism and survival.
A new survey shows that Americans over age 65 largely practiced resilient behaviors that helped them through the pandemic’s isolation and worry.
Navigating through a triggering event can require us to embrace the pain of loss and the sweetness of memory. It’s challenging, but it’s the only healthy way to forge ahead.
Are you going through a major transition? Is life, or someone, putting you through changes? Tools are available to help you get through it all intact.
Grief, loss, stress, sorrow, and fear of infection have made it harder than ever to maintain good mental health. But there are practical steps we can take to counteract the impact.
Living your life in a way that would make your departed loved ones proud of you may be the best way to honor their memory. Here’s how I learned this truth.
Unsatisfied with your life? Maybe it’s time for a bold step forward, a leap of faith. First, gather information and support to make sure your faith isn’t blind.
Spring reveals the power of light and warmth to stimulate new life, and holds an important lesson on how we grow, too.
We all face traumatic experiences that threaten to overwhelm us. Choosing to be brave, knowing you’ll “live to tell about it,” helps get you to the other side.
COVID-19, like past pandemics and disasters, will continue to affect our mental health. But there are things we can do to protect ourselves against the impact.
Holding onto unforgiving emotions corrodes our hearts and minds. Forgiveness is a powerful, proactive choice that can clear away the corrosion and free us to be our best.
You can hope until the cows come home that your life will be better than it used to be or still is. But until hopefulness spurs you to take action, nothing will change.
Our scars reveal where we have been. Are they evidence of the awful things that happened to us? Or proof that we are survivors?
Don't make life harder with a list of must-dos and don'ts for the coming year. Find a slogan you like that will remind you of what you want to accomplish. Then watch it work.
The nursery magic that makes playthings real in our imagination can still ease our fears and worries.
I called my little Christmas tree my “Tree of Life” after a medical diagnosis plunged me into darkness. It’s why I’m all for lights and sparkles at this COVID-19 Christmastime.
One thing to be grateful for in this difficult year: The decency that drives people to act heroically.
John-Manuel Andriote is an award-winning author, journalist, speaker, and communication consultant.