AMY MORIN: PRACTICE GRATITUDE EVERY DAY
Posted by Ognian Georgiev
Amy Morin is a professional psychotherapist, college psychology instructor and social worker. The huge experience was summarized in her amazing debut 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. The book was accepted very well by the readers, who gave average 4.5 Amazon stars from almost 100 reviews. It’s a great pleasure to welcome at Land of Books our next guest – Lady Amy Morin.
– Amy, what is your book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do about?
– My book explains the common pitfalls that we’re all prone to doing at one time or another. These bad habits, however, can hold us back from reaching our greatest potential.
– How did you decide to write the story?
– I’m a psychotherapist and college psychology instructor, so I’ve always been interested in human behavior and the mind. As a therapist, I’ve seen lots of people overcome major challenges in their own lives and over the years, I noticed what types of things seemed to help some people be more resilient than others.
I also experienced several losses in my own life that made my quest to learn more about mental strength personal. In 2003, my mother died suddenly. Then, on the three year anniversary of her death, my 26-year-old husband died of a heart attack. Those losses taught me a lot about the bad habits that could keep me from being strong. Then, in 2013, my father-in-law was diagnosed with terminal cancer and I was tempted to feel sorry for myself because I didn’t want to lose another loved one. So I sat down and wrote my list of the 13 Things mentally Strong People Don’t Do as a reminder to myself of all the things that could hold me back. I published it to the web, hoping it might help someone else, but I never imagined it would go viral or that I’d get an opportunity to write a book about mental strength.
– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– The biggest challenge was finding the time to write my book. I was still working as a therapist and I wrote for several online publications. So it took a lot of dedication to meet my deadlines.
– How did you collect the base of the examples and conclusions in the book? Are they from your own personal experience or you included the stories of many other people that you worked with?
– My book shares a little bit about my personal story, as well as some stories of people from my personal life. It also describes case studies from clients that I’ve worked with and it includes some famous historical figures and celebrities as well.
– How much time did you need to finish the story and to publish it?
– My publisher gave me three months to write the book. I wrote about three days per week. The book went on sale about six months after I finished writing it.
– Your book has several international editions. What is the response in the other countries about it?
– It will be published in more than 20 languages, but so far it’s only available in about 5 languages. The other translations will go on sale over the next year or so. So far, the response has been amazing. I’ve gotten lots of feedback from people all around the world, which has been really exciting.
– Who are you (Would you describe yourself with few sentences)?
– I’m a happy person who believes we all have the ability to grow stronger. I am a therapist, college psychology instructor, and now, a published author.
– What are your writing habits?
– I write for several publications now a few days per week. I don’t have a set schedule. I basically write on the days when I feel like it and take time off when I want to as well.
– Are you satisfied by the sales of your books?
– Yes, I’m thrilled my book has been successful.
– What are you doing to promote your book by the best possible way?
– I write lots of articles about mental strength to promote my book. I also do lots of media interviews and I do a lot of speaking engagements to help sell more books.
– When we will see your next novel and would you unveil something more about it?
– I’m not sure if I’ll write another book or not.
– Do you remember the exact moment when you decide to jump into the deep waters of psychology and social work?
– Yes, during my first year of college I discovered psychology and decided that it would be an interesting field to go into. Originally, I had wanted to be a doctor, but ultimately, I was more interested in the mind than the body.
– Give us you Top 5 hints to keep the human mind safe and in peace?
1. Practice gratitude every day.
2. Take time to sit and think.
3. Reframe your negative thoughts into more realistic thoughts.
4. Set healthy boundaries with other people.
5. Choose how you spend your time – and who you spend it with – very carefully.
– If you may ask yourself one question in the interview what it will be?
– What’s it like to see your book for sale in the stores?
It’s really exciting to see my book on sale in a store. I love seeing it on the shelves!
Take a look at her book:
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do