The dictionary offers several definitions of the word “resilience.” Here are a few of them:
- capable of withstanding shock without permanent deformation;
- tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change;
- the ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched;
- ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like;
All are good definitions, but the following one is our favorite, because it implies that the resilient person takes action, and has some power in the matter:
“Resiliency is the ability to use a variety of tools and resources to maximize the ability to recognize, respond and recover from stress.”
Stress is a fact of modern life. How we interpret and deal with it is the critical factor. Managing it poorly will undermine our physical and psychological health. Managing it well will avoid these consequences and can make us stronger and more effective in our work and our relationships.
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