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Families without hope

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8341 (Published 12 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8341

Re: Families without hope

Coping is the art of living. Life is full of problems that can't be solved. Oftentimes, coping is our only option. With this in mind, I offer my coping checklist:
C - Calmness is the cornerstone of coping.
O - Open-mindedness expands the range of coping.
P - Prayer and Planning implements all available coping skills.
I - Interviewing experts elevates coping skills.
N - Never succumb to utter hopelessness.
G - Gratitude for all those who offer help.

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 December 2012
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
Eagle Rock, MO, USA