By Susie Moore

Letting it be easy is not about toxic positivity or an unhealthy denial of real pain. Also, to be clear, it’s not about denying that terrible things happen all the time and that human beings face huge challenges. Prejudice of all kinds exists, particularly racism, ableism, sexism, ageism, classism, homophobia: the list is real and goes on and on. But what I am saying is that a lot of the time we make life harder on ourselves by sabotaging those areas that we do have control over.

“Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional,” as the old saying goes. Part of letting it be easy is realizing you can’t control what happens to you, but you can control how you respond.

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Excerpted from the book, Let It Be Easy: Simple Ways to Stop Stressing & Start Living by Susan Moore, © 2021 by Susie Moore. Printed with permission from New World Library. Susie Moore is a life coach and advice columnist for some of the world’s biggest media outlets including Forbes, Entrepreneur, Marie Claire, the Huffington Post, Today and She reaches her audience online and in person with workshops, newsletters, and media appearances, including podcasts. A native of England, she now lives and works in Miami. Find out more about her work at

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