Resilience is a process or lifestyle that enables people to bounce back in the face of adversity.  Whether you are a parent, counselor, supervisor or just an average person, these techniques can help improve performance and happiness and reduce distress.

Characteristics “Assets” of Resilient People– The 6 Cs

  • Coping: The ability to effectively balance negative and positive emotions and manage strong impulses.
  • Control/Autonomy: A sense of personal identity and ability to act independently to exert some control over one’s situation.
  • Character: A sense of purpose and future stemming from awareness of what is most important to helping you life a rich and meaningful life.
  • Confidence in one’s strengths and abilities to successfully navigate life and handle distress.
  • Competence: Ability to use skills to mitigate emotions and successfully problem solve.
  • Connection to yourself, understanding your own needs and wants, and to others who can support and encourage you.


Steps to Happiness When Life Sucks

  • Support others
  • Take stress breaks
  • Remember your comebacks
  • Identify your strengths
  • Identify your resources
  • Take care of yourself physically
  • Radical Acceptance and New Beginnings
  • View adversity as an opportunity for growth
  • Practice optimism
  • Focus on small positive changes
  • Focus on what you can control
    • Change the situation causing the distress
    • Control the meaning of the situation: Severity, importance, personal responsibility
    • Control the stress response through relaxation, exercise, verbal or written expression

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