You’re Stronger Than You Think

Tapping Into The Secrets Of Emotionally Resilient People


What would it be like to suddenly lose the ability to walk or see? How would it feel to experience an unexpected divorce or the loss of a child? When asked to imagine such situations, most people cannot fathom finding happiness again.

Yet millions not only survive such traumas, they thrive. Their secret is emotional resilience, a hidden strength that resides in each of us.

For the past several years, Dr. Peter Ubel and a team of scientists studied the nature of resilience by examining thousands of people who faced extreme emedical setbacks. Their findings are astonishing, and they are revealed in this inspiring and immensely hopeful book.

You’re Stronger Than You Think offers powerful advice on how you can develop the emotional strength to triumph in difficult times. By tapping into your personal reservoir of resilience, you can greatly improve the way you live your life in the face of tremendous challenges and everyday struggles.



“A masterful job…There’s something in this book for everyone” It has insights for those going through traumatic events, for their families and friends, and even for experts in the field.”

            SHELLEY E. TAYLOR, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, UCLA



Would you be happy to lose your legs? Greg Hughes wasn’t delighted that a blood clot forced him to have life saving amputations, but he wasn’t going to let that get in the way of his upbeat outlook on life.

Would you thrive if you were told you had only five years to live? Andy Crawford didn’t plan on being given a death sentence in his early 50s, an age he entered with the vitality of a 20 year old. But he also took his terminal illness as a challenge, as a reason to focus on maximizing the rest of his days.

In this book, I write about people who have faced serious adversity and managed to thrive. I weave their stories together with discussion of the science of emotional resilience, with the hope that I can give people useful insights to help them understand what people do when faced with adversity. I show that most of us, while not happy to experience adversity, can nonetheless find happiness despite experiencing adversity.