Most of us are taught that modern life is full of “stressors” and we are bound to get stressed out by things that happen in life — from traffic to trauma. We are told to develop coping mechanisms to help us deal with the stress we have to face. The Principles explain that stress is not thrust upon us by events, but created by the way we think about life events. Everyone responds to the whole range of life events in their own way. That’s actually good news because, with an understanding of how thinking works, we are empowered to live at peace, no matter what.