Rejection: it’s something none of us likes to deal with. It can be as benign as someone disliking your work, but as upsetting as someone disliking you as a person (and often, we equate the two.) Rejection hurts in its own right, while also carrying the weight of every past hurt we’ve ever experienced – from heartbreak in a relationship to a recent job loss. And it’s difficult to forget. That’s because at the heart of all rejection is the fear of being unloved.

I once had a crush on a boy. A “friend” confessed how I felt to him while I was standing there. What did the boy do? He responded with a swift kick in the shins. Sure we were only kids and it was nearly thirty years ago. Yet, I can still feel the flush of red on my cheeks and the throbbing pain on my shins. Oh, and the humiliation? That’s what hurt most. How many of us carry around similar stories that reawaken when someone new rejects us?

Rejection isn’t easy, and it’s an inevitable part of life. We can crumble in its presence or find ways to cope. This week, our bloggers are sharing what helped them deal with rejection and stress, how they found happiness, and even the best ways to exercise with their pets. No matter what you’re going through right, you’re definitely not alone – and hopefully these posts will help you realize that. What are some ways you’ve learned to successfully cope with rejection in your own life?

How You Handle Rejection Says a Lot About Your Mental State
(Mental Health Humor) – Dealing with rejection is not easy especially if you suffer from low self-esteem. How do you cope? In a creative field, rejection is expected. Here’s how this blogger’s learned to handle it.

The Amazing Connection Between Happiness and Kindness
(Sorting Out Your Life) – What’s the real path to happiness? According to this post, kindness is key.

How Self-Talk Raises and Lowers Our Stress Levels, 1 of 2
(Neuroscience & Relationships) – Surprisingly, it’s not what’s happening to us that makes us stressed, it’s our thoughts about it. If you want to successfully reduce your stress levels, read how positive self-talk can change your life.

Tips For Exercising With Pets: Your Body, Your Mind Readers Sound Off!
(Your Body, Your Mind) – Want to exercise with your pet, but don’t know how to get started? This post offers creative and practical tips from readers on exercising with your furry friend.

Daniel Radcliffe Talks Suicide Prevention LIVE Sunday, September 16, 2012
(Celebrity Psychings) – Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is doing his part to spread awareness about suicide prevention. Learn more about his live chat here.