Welcome to The Resilient Option

Build a resilient brain skilled at managing stress, handling change, and experiencing authentic peace and happiness.

Healing from a bad judgment

Dear friend, Let’s say you made a terrible financial decision, or jumped a red light and totaled your car, or neglected a lump and now face grueling chemo. How do you recover? You can try gratitude, perhaps grateful I didn’t lose it all, have insurance that will replace my car, and have a...

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Ordinary is special

Dear friend, The feel of deep breath, the taste of water, the sound of a chuckle, an old memory, the aroma of coffee – you could consider them ordinary or special. The label of ordinary or special is a matter of perspective. Deep breath may be just a thought away for you, but is truly special...

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Adjusting our zoom

Dear Friend, The happiest people in the world are the little children and the elderly – for different reasons. The innocent children live their life with a zoomed-in presence. They are gifted at discovering and inventing novelty in the world around them. A tootsie roll or a pink hair clip may...

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Living with angry brains

Dear friend,The next few weeks will challenge your emotional and social skills. Many of you will be spending a lot of time with a few people. If you are at home with someone who gets on your nerves by his or her remarkable negativity, the perspective below might help. The response to getting a...

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Two Strategies for Covid-19: Rational Prevention + Build Your Immune Resilience

Dear friends, Adversities can put our brain in a “worry mode” or a “think and act mode.” Like you, I am concerned about the ongoing epidemic. But I realize that my “worry mode” won’t help. I want to think and act. Many are asking, “Beyond hand hygiene, social distancing, and following the news,...

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Let them talk

Dear friends, Do you know what is common between dark chocolate, surprises, gambling, winning in bingo, and meeting people who agree with us? Each of these experiences causes a surge in dopamine in our brain’s reward network. That surge in dopamine feels pleasing to us. Another activity that...

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Love yourself, like your pet does

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Happier: six ideas

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The 5:3:2 plan

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Your true worth

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