USA Today: Hard Times Can Encourage a Wealthy Emotional Life


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Summary of Article

Hard times can actually provide a period of great emotional growth. While crisis and pain in life may be unavoidable, the way in which we respond to the crisis will determine whether we experience suffering or strength during difficult times. Letting ourselves get swept away by fear will only deter finding a solution to a problem. Fear triggers our stress hormones making it difficult to solve problems and tune into our intuition (for example, your gut feeling) for guidance. Crisis, if managed properly, can bring out the best in people.

In fact, it’s during difficult times that humanity often shines brightest and our hearts open the most. Gaining emotional freedom is a liberating experience in our life’s journey. In this USA Today article, I share how to manage difficult emotions and restore our inner calm, as featured in my book Emotional Freedom.

Read the full article on USA Today here.


Judith Orloff, MD is the New York Times best-selling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Her latest book Thriving as an Empath offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people along with its companion The Empath’s Empowerment Journal. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff also specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice. Dr. Orloff’s work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times and USA Today. Dr. Orloff has spoken at Google-LA and has a TEDX talk. Her other books are Emotional Freedom, The Power of Surrender, Second Sight, Positive Energy, and Guide to Intuitive HealingExplore more information about her Empath Support Online course and speaking schedule on

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