The Bounce Back Book

Karen Salmansohn's book on how to thrive in the face of adversity, setbacks and losses

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“The Bounce Back Book”

How to thrive in the face of adversity, setbacks and losses

-Stephanie Elliot

Bounce Back BookI’m not a pessimist, but it’s safe to say that we’ve all either had our share of losses and sad times or that we will, at some point in our lives, experience setbacks and adversity. It’s the nature of the game, a fact of life. It IS life. And therein lies the story of The Bounce Back Book: How to Thrive in the Face of Adversity, Setbacks, and Losses.

Whether you’ve experienced job loss (which many have during these economically challenging times), a breakup or even the death of a loved one, author Karen Salmansohn creatively and sympathetically helps you bounce back from your devastation.

Salmansohn talks from personal experience in this cleverly written book (which has an even more cleverly marketed red rubber cover to signify that it will really help you bounce back). She was sexually assaulted and then suffered from anxiety and trust issues, which, in turn, caused weight gain and a downward emotional spiral. She realized these qualities were not what makes a strong foundation for a self-help author, and she knew her options were either to sink or to swim. She chose to swim, and now, The Bounce Back Book, is Salmansohn’s throwing a floatation device out to others who need help.

Fans of Salmansohn’s work include Madonna, Jon Stewart, Jay Leno, Deepak Chopra, Marissa Tomei, Ivana Trump, author Jennifer Weiner and even rapper Eminem, so she’s got to know what she’s talking about!

With helpful assignments to get your life back on track — such as keeping a journal, planning your calendar in advance to get through the harder days of the week, closet cleaning (that helps me bounce back in any situation!), and simple breathing and stretching exercises — Salmansohn gives slow, easy steps to recovery. She offers stats on happiness research (“acting” happy really does make you feel happier!), and includes scientific studies, philosophies and more to help with the healing process.

The book is also jam-packed with tips for feeling better, getting out of a rut and getting back to a better YOU. Here are a few examples:

• Feeling means you’re dealing means you’re healing.

• Meditation can work like medication to calm you.

• When in a negatively charged state, be careful about the decisions you make.

• Crises can deplete your health.

• Think of life as a gigantic ice-cream parlor with infinite flavors to taste.

• Time not only heals; time reveals.


• Spooning is good medicine.

• “The voyage of true discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes, but in seeing with new eyes.” Marcel Proust

• When life throws you curveballs, hit them out of the park.

In a perfect world, I would hope there would be no adversity, losses or setbacks in anyone’s lives, but it’s nice to know that there’s help if you need it. Check out the author’s Web site or order a copy of The Bounce Back Book.

Stephanie Elliot is an editor at, and she also answers your parenting questions at Just Another Manic Mommy. Visit her at or

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