To say that maintaining a consistently positive mindset is not easy given the current climate would be an understatement. What we’re going through can only be described as a collective grieving period as we brace for the unknown and while there’s no real way to remain unaffected and continue with life, as usual, we can still try to foster a mindset of resilience and gratitude—after all, this won’t last forever.
Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best books about resilience—these will ensure you hold onto hope and let you see a future beyond this pandemic, no matter what you might be feeling right now.
For Facebook’s COO and Wharton’s top-rated professor, resilience is a muscle that everyone can build. When Sheryl Sandberg lost her husband, she felt a “vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe”—that is until she spoke to psychologist and friend Adam Grant, who shared a series of concrete steps that helps anyone build up resilience to recover from life-shattering experiences.
New York Times bestselling author and motivational speaker Brené Brown is well-known for her uplifting speeches and books—and for good reason. The beloved social scientist has a mystic way of changing the narrative and fostering positive-feelings in spite of external factors. In Rising Strong, Brown examines what Fortune 500 companies, teachers, military, and artists all have in common—and it boils down to one simple thing: no matter the industry or creed, they recognize the power of emotion and they’re eager to lean into discomfort in order to grow and move forward.
At the intersection of neuroscience, mindfulness, and positive psychology, New York Times bestselling author and psychologist Rick Hanson’s latest personal development manifesto takes readers through exactly how to build resilience and master everyday stresses that come with raising a family, fostering a career, and even healing old personal trauma by nurturing twelve vital inner strengths that are hardwired into your nervous system. The step-by-step guide is full of concrete examples and actionable advice that will help build unshakeable resilience even in the darkest of days.
Author Allison Pataki takes a slightly different approach with an emotional account of how she overcame a life-shattering event most of us could not even fathom. After watching her healthy, thirty-year-old husband suffer from a life-threatening stroke, a very pregnant Pataki had to face what life would look like while caring for both a newborn and a sick husband. In this heart-wrenching memoir, Pataki illustrates the transformative power that can only be born out of faith and resilience.
Following up where the notorious The Art of Not Giving a F*ck left off, the latest Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson is a perhaps too topical instruction manual on how to stay sane and positive throughout it all: the climate crisis, unstable economy, government shortcomings, and everything else going on that causes a near-constant hum of anxiety. Here, Manson takes readers through how to foster responsible blinders when it comes to the state of the world and build up an internal sense of faith, happiness, freedom, even if it can sometimes feel as though everything is being held together by a string.
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