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.

The Benefits of Optimism Are Real

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

The Opposite of Toxic Positivity

“Tragic optimism” is the search for meaning during the inevitable tragedies of human existence, and is better for us than avoiding darkness and trying to “stay positive.”

How to Train Your Brain to Be More Optimistic

The glass is half full—here’s how to see it that way.

How to Be Hopeful, Even When It’s Really, Really Hard

As uncomfortable as it may feel, pushing ourselves to imagine that better future may be a crucial way for us to maintain some semblance of mental well-being—now and whenever that beautiful future does arrive.

Why Hope Matters

Hoping we can make things better is the secret to doing so.

How to Prime Your Mind for Optimism

We can shift our mindset toward more optimism and happiness.

How Optimism Helps You Achieve Goals With Less Stress

A new study finds that optimistic students are more likely to succeed.