Choosing the Right Coping Strategy by Gia & Danielle

By Dr. Danielle Keenan-Miller

“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; 
Courage to change the things I can; 
And the wisdom to know the difference.” 

The words of the serenity prayer may be familiar to you from religious teachings, self-help groups, or pop culture. The central idea in this adage is that no one strategy is the right approach to every situation-- some situations require external change and others require a shift in our internal perceptions. New research provides evidence that living by the serenity prayer is good for mental health and identifies one dimension we can use to choose the best strategy for coping with a given stressor.

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