Recommended by a friend who works in psychiatry Really nicely written, not wordy or exclusively for academics, but rather focuses on human connection and it s necessity to as the title suggests face adversity, build resilience and find joy Finds a nice balance between being too American and the universal reader, even though some topics and studies focus mainly on American findings Found myself applying simple suggestions addressed within the book, and they are effective simply saying is there something I can do to help rather than is there anything I can do to help A lot of content I felt I already knew, but this really made me mindful to this knowledge and helped address how to use it better in real life scenarios I really enjoyed reading it despite having not read Sandbergs Lean In and would recommend it to others. Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, read by Elisa Donovan New York Times best selling authors of Lean In and Originalsa powerful, inspiring and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life s inevitable setbacks After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again I was in the void, she writes, a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life shattering experiences We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience It is a muscle that everyone can build Option B combines Sheryl s personal insights with Adam s eye opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity Beginning with the gut wrenching moment when she finds her husband, Dave Goldberg, collapsed on a gym floor, Sheryl opens up her heart and her journal to describe the acute grief and isolation she felt in the wake of his death But Option B goes beyond Sheryl s loss to explore how a broad range of people have overcome hardships including illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters, and the violence of war Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevereand to rediscover joy Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us Even after the most devastating events, it is possible to grow by finding deeper meaning and gaining greater appreciation in our lives Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces Many of these lessons can be applied to everyday struggles, allowing us to brave whatever lies ahead Two weeks after losing her husband, Sheryl was preparing for a father child activity I want Dave, she cried Her friend replied, Option A is not available, and then promised to help her make the most of option B We all live some form of option B This audiobook will help us all make the most of it My dad died at least ten years to soon a few weeks ago and a friend tentatively recommended this book as a way to think differently about grief Basically it s fantastic Read it There are probably bits you ll skip but the beginning and end chapters would help with your approach to many different types of trauma and loss. Despite the death of her husband being the heart rending stimulus for this book, it is a strangely uplifting work, with attitudes and ideas on resilience which are equally applicable to individuals and corporations alike.Both her frank, open and crushingly honest views, and her approach to recovering stability and a sense of normality are something from which everyone can take heart and not just because it is a sensibly titled work on the subject.An inspirational, emotional and hugely positive read. I was recommended this book at a bereavement dinner party and it s the best thing I ve read like it Brilliantly written by Sheryl and Adam I am so grateful I read this and so glad Sheryl shared her experience with everyone It doesn t have all the answers but definitely helped me in understanding why I feel some of the things I feel, and in turn this makes you feel less alone I want all my friends and family to read this Obviously everyone s grief is unique for so many reasons, such as their family support, friends, situation, culture, religion etc, but this book is still relatable on many levels Buy it and read it, you ll learn something. This book is crammed full of tips life observations that will affect everything you think and feel irrespective of whether you have lost someone close to you Sheryl s natural 1st person style absorbs Adam s specialist professional knowledge and proper referencing throughout brilliant This has to be one of my all time favourite books It is about resilience and different things work for different people, but for me it was perfect and months after reading I still reflect on things I remember from it It s a good mix between her stories stories of others general advice so as not to come across preachy but instead give uplifting and realistic reflections on things that knock you back, primarily grief but not only, and how to get back up again. I recommend this book to anyone who has suffered a bereavement or a big life problem My depression lifted after only reading first few chapters..inspiring,comforting and uplifting. I was initially hesitant about buying this book my fear was that it would be too depressing to read about death and personal setbacks and yet the title prmoised hope What I liked about the book is that Sheryl has shared her story of loss and resilience in a truly authentic manner It requires great courage to be so open about personal emotions and fears What comes through is her compassion for others, sharing her journey of resilience ro reach out to others, give hope But this book is not just about emotions There is a lot of learning backed by research and knowledge Though the book is wriiten in Sheryl s voice, I am able to see understand the wisdom and thought process of Prof Adam Grant that forms the lifeline I recommend this book to everyone not just those who are battling with a personal loss for three valuable lessons I learnt 1 Resilience is a muscle that needs to be built not during a crisis but during normal low stress times 2 we need to learn how to be compassionate, communicate with people who are under extreme stress, how to support them the way the want 3 we need to learn to enjoy each moment, appreciate the small and big things that we are blessed with in life, and be thankful for God s grace. I bought this book after my mother passed away, and while it does have some helpful insights, it has that relentlessly upbeat tone many of us non Americans have come to dread in self help books from the US In addition, when it doesn t hit you over the head with statistics, it hits you over the head with religion This can make for a rather exhausting and annoying reading experience and takes away from the good info that is there as well I came away from this book aggravated than anything.