The Giving Prescription – A Personal Plan for Healing Through Helping
A compassionate guide to healing from trauma through the power of giving back. If you’ve suffered a loss or trauma—perhaps a life-changing illness, the death of a loved one, or a sexual assault—you probably feel that life as you know it has changed forever. You’re dealing with intense, draining emotions as you try to negotiate a new normal, and you’re wondering if you’ll ever fully rebound.
Courtney Clark has been there, and in The Giving Prescription, she shares a fresh approach to the healing journey: one focused on the fact that helping behaviors—like volunteering, donating, and advocating—can help survivors find their footing after a major loss. When you’re giving to others, you’re reconnecting with people, participating in something larger than yourself, taking on a new role, and perhaps even helping others who are going through the same experience you had. Each of these has the potential to strengthen your recovery and help you flourish following a trauma.
Starting with an acknowledgment that everyone’s healing journey is different, Clark shares eight questions designed to help you reflect on what type of giving works best for you, and when you’ll be ready to try it. And as she draws from her own experiences with cancer and brain surgery as well as other real-life stories, she shows how understanding the power of helping others can transform your journey of recovery.
About Courtney Clark (Dallas, Texas Author)
Courtney Clark is the luckiest unlucky person in the world. At age 26, Courtney beat melanoma. But five years post-cancer, routine follow up scans detected an aneurysm in her brain that was close to hemorrhaging. Courtney underwent a series of brain surgeries at age 31 to remove the aneurysm.
Courtney is the author of The Giving Prescription: A Personal Plan for Healing Through Helping, and The Successful Struggle: Powerful Techniques to Achieve Accelerated Resilience, both research-based guides to handling stress, change, and challenge in life and work.
Courtney speaks to organizations and teams that want to adapt faster and achieve more by building a culture of accelerated resilience. She is passionate about sharing her techniques for bouncing back, letting go of the plan, and getting clarity when life, love, or work throw you a curveball.