It's no secret that we live in difficult times, from natural disasters to economic woes.
Statistics show every hour of the day, 136 people find themselves jobless in the recession and 80 families lose their homes.
It's also reported that every hour, 330 people are hurt in car crashes, 171 people become the victims of violent crime and 160 people are told they have cancer.
When you're faced with mountains, are you a survivor? Why do some tough it out while others crumble?
In his new book, The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science That Could Save Your Life, best-selling author and award-winning journalist Ben Sherwood explores what it takes to survive life's greatest challenges.
Sherwood features true stories, scientific research and his experiences in military survival schools and the FAA's airplane crash evacuation course.
How are people trained to survive? Are some people born with a so-called resilience gene? Why can regular religious observance add years to your life?
Click play to watch as Sherwood investigates these topics and more, on The 700 Club.
*Original Broadcast April 13, 2009.