Surviving And Thriving When Times Are Tough with Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.


Program Description

We live in challenging times. Beyond life’s typical ups and downs, there seems to be an overabundance of obstacles each of us must overcome. At times the stress feels overwhelming, and we struggle to find the balance we desperately need to get through it all. In this conversation with beloved teacher and healer Joan Borysenko, she turns her wise attention to how you can develop the resilience to stay on course no matter what life throws your way.  She explains, “Resilience is that recognition that it’s not the end of the world. Furthermore, resilience is more than just bouncing back from the stress, like losing your house or losing your money. It’s an innate transformation, for example, understanding that happiness is an inside job.” She’ll guide you through the warning signs of pessimism and the pitfalls of optimism, and offer up a wealth of suggestions for how you can develop what she calls “stress-hardiness”—to handle all of life’s challenges with resilience, equanimity, and inner peace. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. holds a doctorate in medical sciences from Harvard Medical School, and has completed post-doctoral fellowships in behavioral sciences and psychoneuroimmunology. She is a pioneer in integrative medicine and a world-renowned expert in the mind-body connection. She is a journalist and host of her own radio show.

She is the bestselling author of fourteen books including:

To learn more about the work of Joan Borysenko go to

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • What first step you can take today to change your life for the better
  • When stress is a good thing
  • Why optimism can break your heart
  • How “burning out” can be a good thing
  • How you can find your balance when you feel overwhelmed

Host: Michael Toms     Interview Date: 11/27/2009        Program Number: 3332


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