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The Ability to Enjoy Life
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The ability to bounce back from adversityhas been referred to as "resilience." It has been long known that some people handle stress better than others.Why are some Vietnam combat veterans handicapped for life,while others become United States senators?Why do some adults raised in alcoholic families do well,while others have repeated problems in life?The characteristic of "resilience" is shared by those who cope well with stress.
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We all know people who hold very rigid opinions.No amount of discussion can change their views.Such people often set themselves up for added stress by the rigid expectations that they hold.Working on making our expectations more flexible can improve our mental 特色在线娱乐城游戏：PT老虎机health.Emotional flexibility may be just as important as cognitiveflexibility.Mental 特色在线娱乐城游戏：PT老虎机healthy people experience a range of emotions and allow themselves to express these feelings.Some people shut off certain feelings,finding them to be unacceptable.This emotional rigidity may result in other mental 特色在线娱乐城游戏：PT老虎机health problems.
What have we made of the gifts that we have been given?We all know people who have surpassed their potential and others who seem to have squandered their gifts.We first need to recognize our gifts,of course,and the process of recognition is part of the path towardself-actualization.Mentally 特色在线娱乐城游戏：PT老虎机healthy persons are in the process of actualizing their potential.In order to do this,we must first feel secure.
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