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Stress Mastery: The Art of Coping Gracefully by Ph.D. LAUREL BRUCATO, Ph.D. DOMINIC BRUCATO, Ph.D. JUAN R. ABASCAL

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Optimism

Stress-resistant individuals develop the habit of perceiving and interpreting potential stressors in ways that give their life meaning and a sense of control. That is, they look for reasons to be happy and satisfied with life, imperfect as it is. They have become adept at turning lemons into lemonade and finding the proverbial silver lining in every cloud. There is a parallel between stress resistance and the quest for happiness. What makes people happy? Obviously, there is no easy answer to that question. Does money guarantee happiness? We all know of millionaires who are miserably unhappy. Does fame or success ensure satisfaction? What about all the movie stars who loathe their celebrity and yearn for obscurity? Does beauty make us ...

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