Newborn child, Nam Tha River, Northern Laos

There is a small but growing collection of books and articles about emotional resilience. Classics in the field include the following:

Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open:  How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow  (Random House, 2004). Cofounder of the Omega Institute, Elizabeth Lesser draws on both her own and others' experiences in adversity to demonstrate that what initially appears to be a blight on our lives can be transformed into a blessing.  She writes, "How ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.”

Stephen Southwick and Dennis Charney, Resilience:  The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges  (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Dr. Southwick, Professor of Psychiatry, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Resilience at Yale Medical School, and Dr. Charney, Dean of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, combine vast clinical experience with patients suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome and other chronic mood disorders with the latest insights from neuroscience and brain chemistry to distill ten key ways to weather and recover from stress and trauma. The book ncorporates the latest scientific research and dozens of interviews with trauma survivors.