Chapter 3
Coping with change

“Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they have and underestimate the value of what they may gain by giving that up”

– James Belasco and Ralph Stayer

Find Lightness in Tough Times

Humor, especially when it’s shared and inclusive, can ease tension and foster better social connections.

Remember, it’s okay to laugh at your own challenges, not others’.

Look for humor during hard times to lighten the mood and gain new perspectives.

Rethink Your Stress

How you view stress shapes its effect on you.

Seeing stress as a guide rather than a threat can make you stronger and even extend your life.

Ask what stress is trying to help you achieve, and use it as a force for good.

Anchor in Your Values

Reflecting on personal values offers profound resilience against challenges.

Spending time thinking about meaningful values can protect our sense of self and guide us through tough times, reminding us of what truly matters.


Expect and Adapt to Change

Stability is an illusion.

Embrace change as a natural part of life enables growth.

Adaptive individuals see change as an opportunity for improvement, focusing on solutions rather than longing for “the good old days.”



Embrace Change, Preserve Hope

Accepting past changes allows us to fight for a hopeful future.

Viktor Frankl’s concept of “tragic optimism” teaches us to find hope amidst despair, encouraging us to make positive choices despite life’s inevitable changes.

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