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.
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