The Art and Science of Resilience and Survival: 12 Rules Of Life

In "Surviving Survival" Laurence Gonzales looks deeply into the mental processes that enable us to cope with the trauma that often sets in during and after a challenge to our survival. In the final chapter of the book, The Rules of Life, Gonzales outlines 12 key principles of resilience and survival:

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1. Want it, Need it, Have it.
Devote yourself to a passion such as art, your education or a cause.

2. Be Here Now.
Be mindful and experience the moment.

3. Be Patient.
"Everything takes eight times as long as its supposed to."

4. Be Tough.
Learn to suffer well as a key part of achieving psychological health

5. Get The Small Picture.
"Even those in Nazi death camps found beauty and inspiration"

6. Put Things In Their Place
Traumatic memories won't just go away - you need rituals.

7. Work. Work. Work.
"Staying busy is the most effective means of adaptation after trauma."

8. See One, Do One, Teach One.
Do for others not for yourself alone.

9. Touch Someone.
Staying socially connected is one of the most important adaptations.

10. Be Grateful.
No matter how crazy your life is just being alive is cause for celebration.

11. Walk The Walk.
Act as if you are better.

12. Life is Deep; Shallow Up.
Have a sense of humour

Also check out my article on Learned Optimism How to be Resilient - Face Reality, Find Meaning, Creatively Improvise.



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