How do we cope in stressful situations? Whether to face adversity head on or run away from it? These are questions which we all ask ourselves, often on a daily basis. Central to these questions is the concept of resilience. Resilience is also sometimes referred to as mental fortitude.
Anyone who has once experienced pain or traumatic experiences in life can be, to some degree, "grateful". This can strengthen one's will. I, as a smoker, had reached my personal pain threshold. Instinctively I knew that smoking places the body and mind under extreme stress. Thankfully, I was able to make myself see what was causing my burning desire to stop smoking.