A psychologist at Harvard Medical School, Susan David looks at professional and personal issues together and finds the same solutions work for both. That’s because our inner state—thoughts, emotions and self-talk—drives everything from relationships to careers, health and happiness. Mastering our thoughts and feelings, she says, is the No. 1 key to resilience and prosperity.
This of course is ancient wisdom, variations of which are offered up by the Bhagavad Gita, Epictetus, Shakespeare and Aaron T. Beck, among others. Some people are born with emotional agility. But David, drawing on her research and the latest in brain science, offers a four-part system on how to gain emotional agility: Showing up; stepping out; walking your why; moving on. David’s catchphrases may sound trite, but the science, wisdom and common sense underlying each one are sound.
By Susan David, Ph.D.
September; Avery Books; $27
This article originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of SUCCESS magazine.
Chauncey Mabe is a freelance writer, book critic, and blogger in Miami, Fla. For 23 years he served as Book Editor and Senior Entertainment Writer at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. He was Book Blogger for the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the parent organization of Miami Book Fair International, from 2009 to 2012. He also blogs for the Betsy Hotel South Beach hotel, which sponsors literary events year round. His reviews and feature stories have appeared in publications such as the Toronto Globe & Mail, the Serving House Journal, Inspicio, the Palm Beach Arts Paper, the Baltimore Sun, the Juneau Empire, and the Chicago Tribune.