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3. Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle

As noted, we build our muscles by breaking them down, creating tiny tears in their fibers so they can grow back better than before. The way we build emotional strength is surprisingly similar: Tough times make us stronger in the long run. One review of research found that subjects who'd endured a moderate amount of adversity in their lifetime not only had a greater sense of well-being than those who'd suffered a severe amount of trauma, they were also better off than those who'd experienced no trauma at all.

These exercises and advice will help build that muscle so you can bounce back when life inevitably tosses you around, flips you upside down and throws you for a loop.

5 Experts on How to Cultivate Resilience

And here are three more techniques for when you find yourself facing a challenging.