A Happy Brain
This short video on happiness is by Dr. Amit Sood, who is globally known as the "happiness doctor" - the creator of SMART: Stress Management and Resiliency Training.
So, what is Resilience?
Resilience, according to the American Psychology Association, is both the process and outcome of successful adaptation to difficult or challenging life experiences. Simply put, "Resilience involves the ability to recover and rebound from challenges and setbacks. Being resilient can be important for helping people deal with a variety of problems and bounce back from trauma" (Kendra Cherry, September 2022) This is done especially through flexibility - mental, emotional, and behavioral.
Such adaptation - aka resilience - is determined by a number of factors, which means there are a number of ways to increase resilience. Three of the biggest factors include:
ways one views and engages with the world
availability and quality of social resources
specific coping strategies
What does that mean for you?
There is hope. Resources and skills associated with more positive adaptation and increased resilience can be cultivated and improved through practice.
*Found in APA Dictionary: resilience.
Think of resilience like a force field that surrounds and protects you. Those with more resilience have more protection and those with stronger resilience have a stronger protection. That force field is made up of our personality, experiences, values and desires. It can be strengthened (or weakened) by our self-care practices such as mindfulness, breathing exercises, and healthy boundary setting.
What does resilience look like?
According to Kendra Cherry at VeryWellMind, resilient people have awareness, self-control, problem-solving skills, and social support. Resilient people are aware of situations, their emotional reactions, and the behavior of those around them. For more information of what that looks like in a professional world, take a look here.
How do I build resilience?
There are a number of steps to take to build resilience in your life. Building resiliency in your personal life will automatically translate into your work, family, and any aspect of your life.
Here are a few steps, many of which are covered in more detail elsewhere:
Recognize signs of stress
Focus on developing physical hardiness
Strengthen relaxation - calm mind and calm body
Identify and use your strengths
Increase expression/use of positive emotions DAILY
Engage in meaningful activity
Counter unhealthy thinking
Please find a worksheet below to build resiliency by:
Sydney Ey, Ph.D. Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University downloaded from https://positivepsychology.com/resilience-skills/
Can "grit" and resilience be interchanged? Watch the short TED talk and decide for yourself:
Here's an article by MindTools for additional information on developing resilience. https://www.mindtools.com/ao310a2/developing-resilience
And another by Experience Life that outlines five ways to develop resilience. https://experiencelife.lifetime.life/article/the-best-5-ways-to-build-resiliency/