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Resilience

Resilience is not merely endurance: it is the long-term ability to adjust to and healthily “bounce back” to our original state after periods of stress. Resilience is not just a matter of “shrugging off” or ignoring stress; it requires strategies both for managing stress and for periods of rest and recovery to recharge after the stressor is removed. And while some are more innately in tune to what most effectively works for them, our capacities for resilience can be built over time with observation, experience, and support.

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“Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou

Final poem from “Maya Angelou—Live and Unplugged”

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

How can we live our lives when everything seems to fall apart—when we are continually overcome by fear, anxiety, and pain? The answer, Pema Chödrön suggests, might be just the opposite of what you expect.

The Benefits of Optimism Are Real

Having a positive outlook is the most important predictor of resilience.

How ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.

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The Three Secrets of Resilient People | Lucy Hone | TEDxChristchurch

Dr Lucy Hone is a resilience expert who thought she found her calling supporting people to recover following the Christchurch earthquake. She had no idea that her personal journey was about to take her to a far darker place.

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. “I was in ‘the void,’” she writes, “a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.

How People Learn to Become Resilient

What was it that set the resilient children apart? Because the individuals in her sample had been followed and tested consistently for three decades, Werner had a trove of data at her disposal. She found that several elements predicted resilience.

This is how great intellectual breakthroughs usually happen in practice. It is rarely the isolated genius having a eureka moment alone in the lab. Nor is it merely a question of building on precedent, of standing on the shoulders of giants, in Newton’s famous phrase.

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Hardwiring Happiness: Dr. Rick Hanson at TEDxMarin 2013

How to Overcome the Brain’s Negativity Bias.

Resilience from the Heart: The Power to Thrive in Life’s Extremes

The powerful heart-brain connection made possible by these cells is now recognized as a portal to the deepest levels of our intuition, as well as a gateway to the subconscious mind.

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