Toughing It Out: Practicing Resilience


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Have you ever seen someone suffering and asked yourself how they are still finding reasons to smile? At some point in our lives, all of us have or will be affected by the death of a loved one, loss of a job, diagnosis of a serious illness, or other traumatic event.

Initially, most people react to adversity with a flood of strong emotions: fear, anger, anxiety, hopelessness, loneliness, or uncertainty. Yet, people generally adapt well to these life-changing circumstance and, ultimately, learn from their experience. The most important predictor of someone recovering and then thriving post-trauma is resilience.

Resilience is the virtue that enables people to move through hardship in an intentional way in order to better themselves. No one can escape pain, fear, and suffering. However, pain can be a catalyst for wisdom, fear can spur courage, and suffering can lead to strength. We must simply make the choice to…

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