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What is Resilience?

The ability to adapt or overcome significant hardships such as trauma, tragedy, threats and significant stress. 

Resilience is not something you either "have" or "don't have." Resilience is something that can be learned and developed.

According to the Center for the Developing Child, Harvard University, we should try to understand why some children do well despite adverse childhood experience while others do not. By understanding "why" it can inform more effective policies and programs that help more children reach their full potential. They go on to list factors that have been known to develop resiliency in children.

The single most important factor for children who develop resilience is at least 1 stable relationship with a supportive adult. This can be a parent, family member, caregiver or teacher. This one person can help the child "buffer" significant stress and help teach the child how to regulate their behavior and adapt to adversity.

For more information on the research that has been done as well as other factors related to developing resilience, please visit Center for the Developing Child, Harvard University.

Making a More Resilient Workforce

December 31, 2017

What employers need to know about fostering resilience in the workforce.

Ways to boost resiliency in your work place

December 30, 2016

How can you boost your resiliency at work? 

Resilience Guide for Parents and Teachers

August 25, 2017

Take a look at the American Psychological Associations guide for tips to provide resiliency for elementary, middle and high school students at home and at school.

How to Build Your Own Resiliency

September 19, 2018

How can you develop resilience? Take a look at the American Psychological Associations, "Road to Resilience."

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