Living Well Despite Adversity

Cheryl Strayed, Temple Grandin, Meredith Vieira and others share their honest accounts of heartbreak, and the secrets they discovered that led them to triumph ‘despite it all’.

In this collection of interviews, Harriet Cabelly has dug deep to reveal the critical wisdom found in the midst of huge challenge or loss. She highlights themes such as purpose and gratitude that all of us can incorporate into our lives as we go through our own difficult times. In particular, she reflects on the importance of developing resilience and a positive attitude, even in the face of insufferable odds.The people in this book don’t flinch from telling it how it really is. Their stories are raw, at times, as they openly describe their struggles and how they have learned to cope with loss, disability or addiction.Their stories will strengthen and inspire you.They will show that you, too, can come out the other side of heartbreak intact and go on to rebuild a life filled with renewed meaning and joy. That, despite it all, you can thrive.


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“A must-read for anyone who’s feeling discouraged or hopeless. If you’re going through a hard time, or know someone who could use a little inspiration to carry on, Living Well Despite Adversity will brighten the light at the end of the tunnel.”
– Lori Deschene
Founder of and author of Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal


“What I appreciate most about this work is the author’s clear understanding of what it takes to build a resilient life. Through her own story, and the evocative and wise words of others, we are given a rich understanding of the perspectives and practices that lift us even when life is relentlessly hard. The integration of science and story not only informs us but brings us to that place where we come to experience hope. Her warm, direct approach invites each of us to consider what we might add to our repertoire in terms of building a hardier life and one that moves toward thriving. I’m so glad to know of these ordinary heroes and so grateful for Harriet Cabelly in authoring such a work.”
– Maria Sirois
Psy.D., author of A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (and Other Dark, Difficult Times)


“Moving, inspiring and heart-felt. The stories in this book show it’s possible to deal with hardship and rise above adversity.”
– Tal Ben-Shahar
Author of Happier; lecturer and author in positive psychology


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