How I Learned to Cope with Disappointment, Setback, and Crisis

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Atlantic Media owner David Bradley offers a personal story of what he knows now, at 64, that he didn’t know in his youth about coping with setback and disappointment. In small part a personal narrative, though much more the uncommon story of an American journalist held hostage by al Qaeda for 660 days — the talk focuses on the inescapability of personal setback and known frames for getting through the worst. As a point of departure, the conversation touches on the famous Harvard happiness study and the three largest predictors of who reaches older age both happy and healthy.

Life is a sine curve — it’s up, it’s down, it’s up, it’s down, until the end. The only thing you can know at the bottom of the curve is, you’re coming back up. The only thing you can know at the top of the curve is, you’re coming down.
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