The old adage states “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” As difficult as stressful situations may be, people facing challenges are more resilient in later stressful situations. According to Mark Seery, assistant professor in social psychology at the University at Buffalo, “Adversity can toughen people. You might see situations as manageable, not overwhelming.” Further research shows that even those with chronic pain who had dealt with difficulties were less likely to let pain affect them as much as those who had led a more trouble-free life.

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