What Is Mental Strength? by Amy Morin

In Morin’s book, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do (which after this point will be referred to as 13 Things in following posts), she defines and discusses what mental strength is and how it is different from mental health. This is an important section of the book, as it helps you to understand the concept of mental strength and how her tips of what not to do help you to pursue mental strength. I hope you enjoy the selected quotes and read this book on your happy and healthy adventure. 🙂 ❤

“Developing mental strength is about improving your ability to regulate your emotions, manage your thoughts, and behave in a positive manner, despite your circumstances” (9).


“We make our best decisions in life when we balance our emotions with rational thinking” (11).

What Mental Strength is (and isn’t):

  • Being mentally strong isn’t about acting tough.
  • Mental strength doesn’t require you to ignore your emotions.
  • You don’t have to treat your body like a machine to be mentally strong.
  • Being mentally strong doesn’t mean you have to be completely self-reliant.
  • Being mentally strong is not about positive thinking.
  • Developing mental strength isn’t about chasing happiness.
  • Mental strength isn’t just the latest pop psychology trend.
  • Mental strength isn’t synonymous with mental health. (12-13)

The Benefits of Mental Strength:

  • Increased resilience to stress
  • Improved life satisfaction
  • Enhanced performance (14).

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