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Everyone knows that regular exercise and weight training lead to physical strength. But how do we strengthen ourselves mentally for the truly tough times? And what should we do when we face these challenges? Or as psychotherapist Amy Morin asks, what should we avoid when we encounter adversity? Through her years counseling others and her own experiences navigating personal loss, Morin realized it is often the habits we cannot break that are holding us back from true success and happiness. Indulging in self-pity or agonizing over things beyond our control, obsessing over past events, resenting the achievements of others, or expecting immediate positive results all hold us back.

Now, for the first time, Morin expands upon the 13 Things from her viral post and shares her tried-and-true practices for increasing mental strength. Increasing your mental strength can change your entire attitude. It takes practice and hard work, but with Morin's specific tips, exercises, and troubleshooting advice, it is possible to not only fortify your mental muscle but also drastically improve the quality of your life.

©2015 Amy Morin (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great read, simple to the point

Very nice and easy to listen, practical advice. To the point without complicated theories, Love it. Worth the money

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Starts Off Slow

The 13 things not to do are fairly obvious, like don't wallow in self-pity, don't dwell on the past, don't worry about things that can't be controlled, and don't worry about pleasing others. If you are wasting time doing any of these things, this book is a good reminder to let those things go. The book also offers steps to take to build a more positive attitude and gives examples of how other people have overcome their hardships. It starts off slow with the author talking about her own grief following the death of her husband (which felt like the beginning a long, sad story). However, it gets better after a few chapters.

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Great book!

I listened to this book on the plane while going on business trip. It was easy to follow and very motivating. You must like this kind of books though :)

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enjoyed the book....

Where does 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The book was full or real life events, facts and examples. it made it real not so much as a self help book but a book you can relate to, hear facts and realise how to put it into perspective on your own.

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A valley girl, like, reads a meme list? OMG!

What would have made 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do better?

YET ANOTHER BOOK WITH ONLY 1-PAGE OF INFORMATION WRITTEN BY SOMEONE WHO CAN'T WRITEThis book is based on a successful list-meme (5 foods you should never eat, 10 things you should never say to your boss, 7 ways to get your dreamgirl, etc.) created by the author. So bravo for that. I don't begrudge her for that success. And I don't blame her for striking while the iron is hot and writing what turned out to be a best selling book -- brilliant move. That being said, Morin is NOT a serious writer. Precisely because this is an internet list-meme, the only way Morin was able to expand it into a book was to give each list item a chapter and expand each chapter with badly constructed list-like sentences and a couple of flat, unrelated and uninspiring examples of the chapter topic. Each chapter ends with an "exercise" to develop the skill needed to counter the bad habit that chapter covers. But the exercises are cliche and pathetic and god awful shallow. (Her cliche over self-pity is to "do some volunteer work...like donate dog food to an animal shelter or feed the homeless." That's really the most revealing that she has nothing to say.My hunch is that, since she's a trained therapist--and a very young one at that--this list was extracted from her study material and, because it's true, it struck a chord with the public.But her presentation of it is pure Facebook-post.Solution: This is an excellent OUTLINE for a real writer. She should hand it off to a ghost writer and turn it into a real book.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I don't know. Audible is churning out such crap lately that I'm returning 1 out of every 3 titles for a refund.

Would you be willing to try another one of Amy Morin’s performances?

She's a like, a valley-girl? And talks in list-intonation? Rasing her voice at the end of her sentences? And her sentencese are all simple and declarative? And, like, she goes on and on? For like, ever?After handing the book over to a ghost writer who will turn it into a real book, she should hire a real voice actor with the skills she clearly lacks.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do?

I would reduce it down to 2 minutes and put it on a talking keychain to lift one's spirits as one goes about the day.

Any additional comments?

Having a good idea doesn't guarantee a good product. This was an obvious do-it-yourself job. It might do well, but will never be great.

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I loved this book!

Do yourself a favor, read it! This book opened up the remainder of the world to me, and encouraged me to find myself and my life wherever I was the happiest.

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actionable guidance

Good examples, useable format, excellent information. The reminders for what's helpful and what isn't helpful at the end of each chapter were excellent. Thank you.

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Crucial truths every human needs to hear & live!!

Laughed, cried and resonated on the deepest level! Read and internalize the advice provided. Every high-school graduate should receive a copy, if not sooner.

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This Reader's Voice Is So Complainy

Usually the authors of books like this sound like they have their games together. This author sounds like a mess. Every sentence sounds like a complaint. Somewhere along the way I had to tune it out because it sounded like her whining. There's something off about her tone, and it undermined her content.

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I loved this book!

I myself have read and listened to lots of audiobooks about how to make us mentally strong.
This book is very easy to listen to and understand it easily.
I loved this audio and looking forward to listen to it again.
I have learned a lot about myself and how to handle different situations in different areas in our lives.
It's important to be mentally strong so we are ready for all challenges that life gives us with sincerety and positivity.
Step out of your comfort zone, that is where you grow.
Make mistakes that is where we will know and learn.

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