Resilience Strategies

Not that long ago, social scientists believed that resilience was a genetic trait. People were believed to either possess resilient capabilities or not. Fortunately, these limiting beliefs have been disproven. The science now shows that resilience can be taught and learned just like any other skill. And that’s wonderful news for children and adults everywhere, because adversity is one facet of life that affects everyone.


According to the Penn Resilience Program, a leading center of research and training, resilience is the ability to do more than simply bounce back from adversity. Resilience is the ability to persist in the face of challenge without losing our vitality and zest for life. Unfortunately, adversity can undermine our well-being and even lead to negative spirals that generate pessimistic thinking. Left unchecked, adversity can ultimately trigger anxiety and depression.

The good news is that all of us can excel amidst adversity. Scientists now refer to resilience as “ordinary magic,” because we can all learn the set of practices that enable growth and even thriving through adversity. Resilience is not a mysterious ability for a chosen few. By understanding the specific resilience resources, people realize that they too, have the power to become more resilient and live fuller and more rewarding lives.

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Resilience in Children and Adolescents

How can young people develop skills early in life to navigate adversity and heal from traumatic events? Resilience training is a tremendous gift for a young person because these are lifelong skills, and the sooner children learn how to strengthen their own well-being, the more able they are to thrive in a variety of situations.

Resilience in the Workplace

Resilience in the workplace helps people handle significant setbacks as well as the daily stress that undermines well-being and can lead to burnout. Resilience strategies for professionals either address an immediate problem or provide a preventative set of tools to help leaders and teams stay above water over the long term.

Resilience in Children and Adolescents

Too much stress is corrosive for the body and it can undermine the development of healthy mental processes that promote attention regulation and other aspects of executive functioning. And, because young people’s bodies are still growing, resilience strategies need to consider the whole child.

While children benefit from the same resilience resources that enable adults to thrive amidst adversity, the language and approach to teaching resilience has to adapt. Fortunately, an array of tools and techniques are available to help children and adolescents feel more confident and capable in the face of hardship and disappointment. Learn how resilience skills enable children to thrive in the classroom in this research paper.

Resilience in the Workplace

Adversity, stress, and competing demands can all lead to burnout, anxiety, and depression. However, stress and difficulty can also lead us to higher levels of personal growth under the right conditions. These conditions include a person’s attitude, actions, and the environment in which they work.

Research shows that a person’s thoughts about an event heavily influence how that event affects their well-being. In fact, the way in which we explain an adverse event to ourselves can set us on a course toward recovery or decline. Additionally, the behaviors people engage in can set them in motion to rebound from disappointment or collapse.

Resilience Training as Prevention
Resilience training arms people with the awareness and tools to identify behaviors that signal a person may be struggling with poor mental health. Learning how to spot the warning signs empowers people to have constructive conversations before someone spirals too far down.