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The blessings of challenges

October 26, 2012

Here’s a great idea…

In the book, Flourishing, Carol Ryff and Burton Singer say,
“Sometimes the heights of efficacy, love, and engagement in and appreciation of life are intricately woven together with some of the greatest challenges and trials that are also a part of the human journey” (p. 28).

In other words…

Research has made some surprising discoveries about the benefits of our challenges. They can help us draw closer to other people, develop greater compassion, learn to value the small things in life, and build a more satisfying philosophy of life. Our challenges can actually bless us!

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…

Think about various challenges you have faced in the course of your lifetime. List some of them. What have you learned from these challenges? How are you better because of them? Looking on the bright side of life’s challenges can help us live better, stronger lives.

To Find Out More…

about personal well-being, check out The Personal Journey or Managing Stress programs at, like us at or contact your local county Extension agent. You might also enjoy reading Flourishing: Positive Psychology and the Life Well-Lived.

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