"There's a lot of evidence when you've undergone something extraordinary, in this case extraordinarily bad, your life has changed and you are no longer exactly in the realm of the ordinary. When you see people who in some way heal from something like this, what they've often done to help themselves heal is to change their lives and dedicate their lives now to helping other people in the same situation," Raison said. He said organizations founded by child abuse victims and victims of drunk driving demonstrate how people with horrific experiences chose to turn those experiences around "rather than drowning in it themselves"
Such efforts provide "a sense of meaning and a sense of purpose. It doesn't heal all wounds, but it can make life meaningful again and make a person feel it's worth living."