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Coping Skills

Strong coping skills help reframe our perspective on any given situation.  Like any other skill, the suggestions provided here require practice and effort until they will eventually become second nature.  Positive Psychology involves helping you develop better coping skills.  Below are some of my favorite videos, articles, and websites.  Check back often, as I update these regularly.

“Stories matter.  Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize.  Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity” - author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.   

Authors and Videos of Interest:

Stress Management Strategies - Coping Skills and Techniques from Andrew Roberts.  “Stress is a Choice” - 1: RELAX your central nervous system, 2: Practice RESILIENCE to help you cope, 3: Put your life into PERSPECTIVE

Kelly McGonigal: How to Make Stress Your Friend.   Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure -- and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.

When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience — and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.

On-Line Resources:

Psyke Resources for Self-Injury and Support -

Your Life, Your Voice (Bulletin Boards for Teens by Topic) -

Challenging Negative Thinking -

Building Better Self-Talk -

Ritualizing Gratitude -

Progressive Muscle Relaxation Training -

How to Communicate Better -

How to Forgive Someone -

Smiling Mind - Modern Meditation to reduce stress and relax -