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13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success

By Amy Morin
22-minute read
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13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success by Amy Morin

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do (2014) describes how you can take control of your emotions, thoughts and actions and develop greater mental strength. With useful tips, inspiring examples and practical solutions, this book will help you overcome your fears and start living life to the fullest.

  • People struggling in the face of their own failures and peers’ success
  • Parents who can’t communicate with their children calmly
  • Anyone who needs extra encouragement to live out their dreams

Amy Morin is a psychotherapist and a licensed clinical social worker. She is the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do and has a weekly column in Forbes, where she writes about business and psychology.

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13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success

By Amy Morin
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13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success by Amy Morin
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13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do (2014) describes how you can take control of your emotions, thoughts and actions and develop greater mental strength. With useful tips, inspiring examples and practical solutions, this book will help you overcome your fears and start living life to the fullest.

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Mentally strong people replace self-pity with gratitude.

No one is immune to hard times. Whether it comes in the form of illness or some other personal tragedy, sooner or later, life’s going to throw you some curveballs. How you react to these situations says a lot about you.

One of the hallmarks of mentally strong people – those who aren’t knocked down when things get tough – is that they don’t spend precious time pitying themselves when facing difficulties.

So what do they do instead? They replace self-pity with gratitude – and you can too.

If you want an inspiring example of mental strength and the importance of gratitude, take American long-distance runner Marla Runyan. Not only has she run the New York Marathon in a little over two hours, she also has a master’s degree in education and has written a book.

But perhaps most impressively, she’s accomplished all of this while being legally blind.

At the age of nine, Runyan was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease, a degenerative disease that affects the eyes. Despite her quickly worsening eyesight, Runyan developed a passion for running and went on to win several medals, setting world records at the 1992 and 1996 Paralympics.

The key to her success lies in her refusal to indulge in self-pity. She’s always refused to see her illness as a disability; instead, she sees it as an opportunity, a gift that has enabled her to become a world-class athlete. Rather than dwelling on what her illness took away from her, she’s actually grateful for what it gave her.

And there’s good reason to take a page out of Runyan’s book. Research shows that developing your capacity for gratitude can make you stronger on many levels.

To begin with, increased gratitude can improve your physical health. A 2003 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, for example, found that people who are grateful have healthier immune systems and suffer less often from aches and pains. What’s more, they also exercise more frequently, sleep better and enjoy a better general standard of health than their less grateful peers.

So gratitude is clearly very important. Now let’s turn to another feature of the mentally strong.

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