When Amy Morin, licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist, posted a list entitled the “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do,” online she didn’t expect to create an international sensation. Within five days of it being published, it was reprinted on the Forbes website. It has since become Forbes’s most viral article of all time and has reached 10 million page views, attracting thousands of readers per day.
In just 600 words, Morin had introduced the world to the concept of mental strength. The article explains how mentally strong people avoid things that drag them down -- like feeling sorry for themselves, resenting other people’s success, and dwelling on the past. Instead, they think, feel, and behave in a way that helps them overcome challenges and become their best.
In 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do (William Morrow) Morin expands upon her original list that has become an anthem for so many people around the world. The book provides practical strategies to help readers avoid those 13 common habits that are likely to hold them back in life. Morin’s book combines compelling anecdotal stories with original research-based information to illustrate how to avoid these unhealthy thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that everyone is prone to at one time or another.
Morin teaches readers how to create a happier, healthier lifestyle while also preparing them to deal with life’s inevitable hardships and tragedies. And she shares for the first time her own harrowing story of the passing of her mother followed a year later by the unexpected death of her young husband, and how she has managed to summon the mental strength to move on. Mental strength isn’t just about acting tough; it’s about feeling empowered to overcome life’s challenges.
Morin turns her focus to parents, teaching them how to raise mentally strong and resilient children in her book 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do (William Morrow). As a foster parent, psychotherapist, and expert in family and teen therapy, Morin has witnessed first-hand what works. When children have the skills they need to deal with challenges in their everyday lives, they can flourish socially, emotionally, behaviorally, and academically. With appropriate support, encouragement, and guidance from adults, kids grow stronger and become better. Drawing on her experiences and insight, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do combines case studies, practical tips, specific strategies, and concrete and proven exercises to help children of all ages—from preschoolers to teenagers—build mental muscle and develop into healthy, strong adults.
Morin was named one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2018 by Inc. Her experience and invaluable knowledge makes her a great speaker to a variety of audiences ranging from universities to business corporations to parenting or grief groups. She delivers presentations on emotional health, mental strength, and a variety of family and relationship issues. Morin can speak on many topics including work/life balance for parents, building resilience, and mental strength in leadership.
Along with her inspiring keynotes, Morin also leads workshops where participants will learn and practice mental muscle building exercises that will help them reach their greatest potential. Each audience member will walk away with a clear exercise plan that they can begin implementing immediately. The focus will be on developing mental strength through learning skills to regulate your thoughts, tools to manage emotions, and strategies to take positive action.
Morin has been sought out by the media for her expertise in psychology, parenting, and mental health. Some of the media outlets who have featured her advice include: Parenting, Time, Fox News, NBC, ABC, MSN, Lifetime Moms, and We TV. She has also provided on-camera interviews for Fox Business, Forbes, and Blaze TV.
Since 2002, Morin has been counseling children, teens, and adults. She also works as an adjunct psychology instructor. Morin serves as About.com’s Parenting Teens Expert and Child Discipline Expert and is a Forbes contributor where her weekly column focuses on the psychological aspects of business.
Praise for Amy Morin:
"The Forbes community has launched and discovered a thought leadership star."
-- Cheryl Conner, Forbes
"Amy Morin was perfect for our group. She took us to the depths of her despair, and then like her book, she took us up through the despair by way of realistic steps, not on what to do, but on what not to do. Amy offered our group another way to look at recovery. She didn’t ask us to deny the challenges that face us, instead she provided steps we can use to build our mental strength to move beyond these daily challenges. Amy has a generous spirit and a depth we all resonated with."
-- Mary Henry, Women's Addiction Services Council
"It was with great pleasure that Hooks Book Events recently produced a corporate client event with Amy Morin discussing her new book, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. The advice is practical and actionable and Amy makes a smart differentiation between mental health and mental strength. The personal experiences that helped shape this list make Amy a credible and relatable speaker and one you will admire. We hope to work with her again this year."
-- Perry Pidgeon Hooks, Hooks Book Events
"I reached out to Amy Morin after reading her phenomenal book and experiencing the impact it had on my life. Her presentation to our community and audience was absolutely life-changing for so many people. To hear her stories, experiences and expertise, told in such a warm, open, personal manner, was truly outstanding. She's a professional, yet with a heart, and a polished speaker who loves her craft and work. I highly recommend Amy for any engagement and hope to have her back very soon."
-- Cory Miller, Founder, iThemes
"Nearly 1,200 C-Suite and VP-level business leaders signed up to hear Amy give a practical, illuminating talk and afterward field questions with poise and grace. Members rated the event an extraordinary 4 ½ out of 5 stars. As one member put it, 'This is invaluable ‘life’ insight; everyone should hear this advice over and over, for continual professional and personal growth.' I would happily welcome Amy back to the ExecuNet stage, any time."
-- Tony Vlahos, CMO, ExecuNet
"Your life story, presentation, and book provoked serious thought and conversation both during and after the event. Your insight on the topic of mental strength helped us better understand how we grow as leaders for our organization and ourselves."
--National Nuclear Security Administration
"Your sensitivity and commitment to knowing the group you're engaging with made all the difference for our participants. They felt you were speaking to them from a place of understanding their roles and a personal place of authenticity on the topic. As you know, a lot of effort goes into identifying the right speaker, and it's very rewarding as a planner when the speaker takes in what you've offered and connects with the group by incorporating what may be of particular importance to them. You left participants lifted up and with a sense of a new strategy they might try."
--Sheri Smith, Coordinator Maine Touchpoints Project
“How effective is Amy Morin? During her lunch speech for 'Engaging Women in Public Service,' 193 people stopped clinking their silverware and glasses--three times. Complete silence. Rapt attention. Powerful message.”
--Margaret Henderson, The University of North Carolina School of Government
Praise for Amy Morin's Workshops:
THIS WAS A WONDERFUL WAY TO END THE TWO DAYS! I would suggest we bring Amy back again to talk about her next book!
Amy was fantastic! I plan to buy her book. I have already watched some of her previous speeches. Her knowledge was clear. She spoke in an organized, clear and obviously knowledgeable manner. These are the types of speakers/topics I learn the best from.
YAY!!! This was SO good. Please let's have Amy back to talk to us more, especially about her work around parents. She is a phenomenal speaker and the content is easily applicable to both personal and professional.
Awesome. Amy is an amazing speaker with an amazing story. I especially loved her paper bag activity.
Amy was amazing, she kept everyone's attention and had great things to say, sharing her story really helped connect to her and showing that everyone goes through things and you need to take care of yourself.
LOVED this presentation. She was funny, engaging, and offered great information and ended our training days on a very high note.
Would love her to come again and talk about other areas of our work.
Excellent presenter!! More hands on to incorporate/practice these strategies.
Loved this one!!! She is an amazing speaker and really seemed to understand what we do as home visitors and had very specific tools and ideas that could be used with families, staff and ourselves. A refreshing look at self care! Everyone at my table loved it. Great end to the two days!
Funny and meaningful. Enjoyed this discussion.
Great answers and seemed to really understand the work of a home visitor
Excellent. Entertaining and encouraging/hopeful strategies.
I loved this presentation! Amy was an amazing presenter and her message was very helpful and useful for my personal life as well as my work life. This was my favorite part of the two days.
Amy brought humor to a serious topic in a way that kept the room energized and focused. She used our real lives to make a point rather than a generalized, "life is hard for everyone, move on" approach. At the risk of coming off smug, she approached the self-care topic in a new and engaging way. I'd love to hear more from her!
Wonderful. Amy was engaging, funny, appropriate and a delight!
Well done - entertaining and informative
Excellent conversation style; could be a professional comedian- great way to end the day
The best!! She should do stand-up comedy!