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.
Renowned neuroscientist Richard Davidson is finding that happiness is something we can cultivate and a skill that can be learned. Working with the Dalai Lama, Davidson is investigating the far-reaching impact of mindfulness, meditation, and the cultivation of kindness on human health and well-being.
Dr Maria Sirois shares how we can find happiness in our lives, even in dark times, combining the latest research with personal stories and how we can put this into practice. This was filmed at an Action for Happiness event in London on 13 February 2019.