Cooper University Health Care Physician Publishes Book On How to Remain Positive in the Face of Adversity

“How to Build a Smile: 14 Ways to a Better You” By Dr. Robert Cole

How to Build a Smile Robert Cole coverThe physical act of smiling has an impact on one’s mood as they do it. Regardless of how small that impact may be, any happiness we are able to generate for ourselves goes a long way as we continue to experience difficult situations. With so much tragedy surrounding us as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, happiness is few and far between and can sometimes feel impossible to achieve on your own. But there are many things you can do to improve your mental health and take happiness into your own hands.

In his debut self-help book, “How to Build a Smile: 14 Ways to a Better You [RMC Publishing], Robert M. Cole, MD, details strategies to help readers relieve stress and anxiety, overcome adversity, and conquer the fear of failure. This comprehensive and inspiring approach will allow readers to look within themselves in order to reclaim their happiness, even in the face of hardship.

Robert M. Cole, MD, is an intensivist (specialist in intensive critical care medicine), an assistant professor of medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, and is currently a core faculty member for the Inspira Critical Care fellowship and Internal Medicine residency program there. Dr. Cole was named a “Top Doc” in SJ Magazine in 2019 and 2020, and played an integral role in overall surge planning during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the South Jersey region.

Dr. Cole’s passion for critical care and improving the lives of his patients, as well as his continued involvement in the treatment of coronavirus patients, inspired him to write this book in an effort to help people outside of the hospital.

“I consider myself a positive individual, and I use many of the tactics in my book to maintain this upbeat attitude. But the 2020 pandemic would forever bless me with a new and amazing tool. From the many health care workers I work alongside, I learned the power of laughter,” says Dr. Cole. “There is no escaping reality. Once we all accepted this notion, we once again felt ‘normal.’”

Dr. Cole is a graduate of the Clemson University and earned his medical degree at Ross University. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at Cooper University Hospital, where he also served as both chief resident and chief fellow. He is currently board certified in internal medicine, critical care and neurocritical care. He has developed a strong interest in self-help and coping with adversity through his experience as a practicing physician.


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