What is Resilience?


Resilience is the capacity to achieve positive outcomes in the face of adversity. When confronted with a challenging or upsetting situation, resilient people will be able to adapt in a way that enables them to bounce back more quickly and with less physiological and emotional strain than someone who is not as resilient. This has a positive impact on their health as well as their relationships.


Importantly, resilience does not mean that the person does not feel problems as acutely. In fact the opposite may be true. By being able to bear their own experiences without automatically reverting to inappropriate defensive strategies, resilient people are better able to deal with the situation in a way that is helpful to themselves and others.


The good news is that everyone can learn to develop resilience and in doing so will improve the quality of their health, as well as their relationships.