All About Resilience

Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes. Psychologists have identified some of the factors that make someone resilient, among them a positive attitude, optimism, the ability to regulate emotions, and the ability to see failure as a form of helpful feedback. Even after misfortune, resilient people are blessed with such an outlook that they are able to change course and soldier on.

Recent posts on Resilience

Have I Been Traumatized?

By Arieh Y. Shalev on August 30, 2016 in Unraveling Trauma
Survivors' narratives teach us about shaping the consequences of trauma.

Stop Anxiety by Adjusting Expectations

Your brain relies on the pathways it has, so it will keep reactivating your anxiety pathways unless you create a new place for your electricity to flow.

Are You Being Bullied in the Workplace?

Bullying in the workplace is more common than you may think. It can have very serious consequences for both the employee and the employer.

Remember Your Best Teacher? One 82-Year-Old Does

As students head back to school this year, Bill, an 82-year-old widower, grieves the loss of his wife. What do the two have in common? Teachers.

7 Ways Mentally Strong People Bounce Back From Failure

Get proactive about turning your struggles into strength.

How to Cope With Difficult Milestones

By Jamie D. Aten Ph.D. on August 29, 2016 in To Heal and Carry On
Are the stories remembering Hurricane Katrina or other traumatic events causing you distress because of what you've been through? Here's some proven ways to cope.

Past Forgiveness: Part II

What does it take to forgive someone?

How Schools (Sometimes) Fail Our Children

By Maureen D Healy on August 26, 2016 in Creative Development
Can your child's school improve in certain areas?

Crazy Busy? What Would You Pay for an Hour of Calm?

As you reflect on your life for a moment, how much would you pay to avoid feeling negative emotions or to experience more positive emotions?

10+ Ways Exercise Can Change Your Life

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 25, 2016 in Cravings
One of them is bound to give you the motivation you need to get moving.
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4 Myths About Mistakes (and How to Get Past Them)

Ever made a mistake? That's a GOOD thing.

Nonconformity Has Counter-Intuitive Benefits, Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on August 22, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A new study reports that going along with a group—whose viewpoints you are diametrically opposed to—triggers a physiological threat response.

Talking About the Past With Your Child Builds Resilience

By inviting, validating, helping and supporting your child to construct coherent narratives, you teach skills for regulating emotions and building resilience.

Firebird Redux

The human spirit is imbued with an individual and social resilience worth celebrating.

How to Refer a Loved One for Counseling After a Disaster

By Jamie D. Aten Ph.D. on August 22, 2016 in To Heal and Carry On
Are you worried your loved one may need professional help? Here's how to know and how to help.

Impure Replications

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Critical Feeling
A new replication failure in social psychology caused hype in social media. But is the failure real?

Curious About Cuba?

By Marty Babits on August 18, 2016 in The Middle Ground
Cuba will bring you to your senses! Mindfulness and aliveness join hands in the jewel of the Caribbean. Experience the transformation in the island and in yourself.

Letter to Young Activists

This post is adapted from a talk recently given to young community organizers about self-care and well-being on the journey to a more compassionate and just society.

Living With Intention

Intention is the power to redirect your thoughts. This power is limited. Here's how to grow it instead of wasting it.

Michael Phelps’ Heroic Journey Goes Far Beyond Gold Medals

By Christopher Bergland on August 15, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Michael Phelps is the most-decorated Olympian of all time. He's also a role model for sharing intimate details of how he completed the hero's journey after hitting rock bottom.

Taking Single Life Seriously

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on August 14, 2016 in Living Single
From research on the actual lives of single people comes findings that defy all stereotypes.

Olympics May Increase Child Prostitution in Rio

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on August 10, 2016 in Nurturing Resilience
With the Olympics has come more child sexual exploitation. A new film, in development, is focusing attention on what happens to Brazil's child victims when they grow up.

The Difference-Makers

Do you want to change a dysfunctional organizational culture? Speeches, values statements — none of these make a dent. But there may be a simple strategy that works.

Open Letter to Hillary

Lest you come off as a privileged bully who has no accountability, you must come clean.

My Homeless Shadow

Homelessness is a type of deep illness, a term coined by sociologist Arthur Frank for an illness that casts a shadow over your life.

Finding Strength in Vulnerability

By Michael F. Kay on August 09, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
Strength is admired and respected as a trait of winners; the weak are cast aside as not having what it takes. We need to reexamine what strength really means.

Leaders Don't Manage Time, They Manage Choices

By Madelyn Blair Ph.D. on August 09, 2016 in Resilient Leadership
While some people struggle to fit everything into the day, others have an abundance of time while still accomplishing a lot. Learn the behavior that separates these two experiences

9 Habits That Can Keep You From Achieving Your Dreams

Your bad mental habits could be sabotaging your best efforts—and you might not even realize you're doing it.

The Cognitive Cost of Paying Attention

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on August 07, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
Stopped at a light and thinking about reaching over to check the texts on your phone? It will affect your ability to concentrate on driving. So, maybe don't do that.

What I Learned at the Global Positive Education Festival

By Mathew A. White Ph.D. on August 05, 2016 in Positive Education
My challenge to the positive education movement is to move on from excessive back slapping, address the theoretical and policy hurdles facing the field.