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Natural Awakenings New York City

36 Stories of Pushing Past Adversity

Upcoming Release

Adversity coach Harriet Cabelly has just published a new book, and the spring launch is perfect timing. “Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal,” she says. “This can be a calling to come out of our darkness, our pain and sadness, and look toward the growth and beauty of spring to guide us out of despair. Just as the flower heads push through the dirt, so too can we push through our difficulties.”

In Living Well Despite Adversity, Cabelly shares the stories of 36 people who have gone beyond losses and setbacks to rebuild their lives with renewed meaning and joy. The book is based on her interviews with 36 people, including writer Cheryl Strayed, television journalist Meredith Vieira and animal scientist Temple Grandin. “The people in this book don’t flinch from telling it how it really is,” Cabelly says. “Their stories are raw at times, as they openly describe their struggles and how they learned to cope with loss, disability or addiction.”

Touching on themes such as purpose, attitude and resilience, Cabelly reflects on the importance of developing strength and a positive outlook, even in the face of insufferable odds.


What people are saying:

“A must-read for anyone who’s feeling discouraged or hopeless. If you’re going through a hard time, or know someone who could use a little inspiration to carry on, Living Well Despite Adversity will brighten the light at the end of the tunnel.”

-Lori Deschene, Founder of and author of Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal

“Moving, inspiring and heart-felt. The stories in this book show it’s possible to deal with hardship and rise above adversity.”

-Tal Ben-Shahar, author of Happier; lecturer and author in the field of positive psychology

“What I appreciate most about this work is the author’s clear understanding of what it takes to build a resilient life. Through her own story, and the evocative and wise words of others, we are given a rich understanding of the perspectives and practices that lift us even when life is relentlessly hard. The integration of science and story not only informs us but brings us to that place where we come to experience hope. Her warm, direct approach invites each of us to consider what we might add to our repertoire in terms of building a hardier life and one that moves toward thriving. I’m so glad to know of these ordinary heroes and so grateful for Harriet Cabelly in authoring such a work.”

-Maria Sirois, Psy.D., author of A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (and Other Dark, Difficult Times)


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