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A broken plate in the kitchen, a punctured tyre on the car, a sprained ankle playing tennis, missing the last bus home, losing your door keys, discovering that you have left your money at home when you come to pay at the supermarket check out, a burst pipe flooding your home, or coming home and finding you have been burgled. In dictionary / thesaurus terms adversity is defined as the obstacles, barriers, upsets, challenges, setbacks, afflictions, bad luck, calamities, disasters, misery, catastrophes, distress, hardship, misfortune, woe, mishaps, sorrow, suffering, trials and troubles that we face in our lives. Adversity manifests itself in many ways, a close friend is very ill, you and your family argue creating a distance between you, the project you are working on goes terribly wrong, you don’t get the important job you were expecting to get, a member of your family is terminally ill, you get a bad performance review at work, you have to relocate your home or lose your job, your doctor tells you that you have a very high cholesterol level, you miss your flight while travelling abroad, your car runs out of petrol on the way to a very important meeting, you lose a lot of money on a bad investment, you are made redundant from work, etc. Losing a loved one, experiencing financial hardship, are also examples of adversity. Adversity is around us all the time, but it is the way we respond to it that determines if we are to succeed or fail in life. Your reaction to adversity affects your overall emotional and physical health. Adversity can cause the, often apparent, mechanical reactions of depression and hopelessness. Dealing with, and responding to life’s adverse situations will cause you to have pressure and stress which result in possible psychological problems. And the pressures of life and the related stress, affect the blood pressure, cholesterol levels and the possibilities of heart attack. Adversity can also weaken your immune system, making you more...
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