4 Ways to Make Yourself Emotionally Tougher

 – June 12, 2015  –– 

Why is it that some people cope well with difficult experiences – some even thrive on them – while others seem to crumble with the anxieties of daily life? While many talk about mindfulness, the new big buzzword among self-improvement circles is resilience – the mental muscle that makes you emotionally tough enough to bounce back. One tip is to get stressed. Sounds counter-intuitive, but Dennis Charney, MD, Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, has spent decades studying resilience – interviewing those who have survived everything from natural disasters to being tortured as a prisoner of war – and is a big believer that "stress inoculation" builds psychological strength.

- Dennis Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and President for Academic Affairs for the Mount Sinai Health System, Professor Psychiatry, Neuroscience Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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