On Wednesday, Aceh was again struck by a major earthquake. The 8.5-magnitude earthquake reminded us of the terrifying tsunami that hit the region in December 2004. Hundreds of thousands of people died and countless children lost parents and siblings.
George Bonanno, a psychologist at Columbia University, has spent his career studying how people respond to adversity, particularly how they grieve over the death of a spouse or other loved one. "There's a lot to be learned from how well we cope with adversities," he says. "Human beings can cope pretty well with really bad things."