The best books on resilience and how to cope skillfully with life’s difficulties and crises

Who am I?

Resilience - helping people recover their capacities to deal with any adversity, stress, loss or trauma – is the heart of my work as a licensed psychotherapist (25 years) and an international trainer of mental health professionals (more than a decade). Bouncing Back is the book I wanted to be able to hand my clients to help them learn to use the capacities of resilience innate in their brains to develop more effective patterns of response to life crises and catastrophes. No such book was available at the time, so I wrote my own. It has become a tremendous resource for people to learn to how to be more resilient, and to learn that they can learn.


I wrote...

Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being

By Linda Graham,

Book cover of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being

What is my book about?

The award-winning Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being is a groundbreaking integration of practical tools and techniques. The book is informed by Eastern contemplative practices, Western relational psychology, and the emerging neuroscience of resilience, to help people learn how to rewire their patterns of coping with the disappointments, difficulties, and even disasters inevitable in a human life, and to learn that they can.

The books I picked & why

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Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges

By Steven M Southwick, Dennis S. Charney,

Book cover of Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges

Why this book?

A highly readable presentation of the latest scientific research on ten “resilience factors” that help survivors of any trauma recover their strengths and the power to make meaningful choices in their lives. Truly inspiring and useful.


Resilient Grieving: Finding Strength and Embracing Life After a Loss That Changes Everything

By Lucy Hone,

Book cover of Resilient Grieving: Finding Strength and Embracing Life After a Loss That Changes Everything

Why this book?

The touching story of navigating the loss of a child that illuminates the strategies most helpful in navigating overwhelming grief, and steadily, reliably, recovering new joy and new meaning in life going forward.


Bouncing Forward: The Art and Science of Cultivating Resilience

By Michaela Haas,

Book cover of Bouncing Forward: The Art and Science of Cultivating Resilience

Why this book?

Beautifully written stories of survivors of trauma, many well-known to the public, revealing the strategies and inner resources they drew on to “transform bad breaks into breakthroughs.”


Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness

By Rick Hanson, Forrest Hanson,

Book cover of Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness

Why this book?

An excellent blueprint, drawn from positive psychology, modern neuroscience, and ancient contemplative practices, for recovering and sustaining 12 core traits we need for resilience: calm, compassion, courage, grit, gratitude, and more.


Raising Resilience: The Wisdom and Science of Happy Families and Thriving Children

By Christopher Willard,

Book cover of Raising Resilience: The Wisdom and Science of Happy Families and Thriving Children

Why this book?

In a charming, reader-friendly style, this book offers ten universal principles for skillful parenting that lead to genuine goodness and happiness in their children. A delight to know it’s possible.


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Interested in resilience, parenting, and death?

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