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Resilience is like a muscle you can build. It’s just a matter of knowing how.
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Whether it’s an unexpected diagnosis, mental health concerns, or an ongoing disability, dealing with health challenges can be scary and isolating. Here you’ll find personal stories from people who are facing these issues.
The Cleveland Clinic's chief experience officer shares what she's learned from her patients about the power of empathy and acceptance.
Experts from Hidden Heroes, a program that raises awareness about the challenges facing military caregiving families, share four steps you can take to help a caregiver recharge and feel supported.
Student Sam Berns shares his four secrets to living a happy life, including focusing on what he can do rather than on what he can’t.
Activist Judith Heumann explains steps we can take toward a more inclusive world for people with disabilities.
Dr. Adrienne Boissy encourages us to build meaningful connections and develop empathy to help ourselves—and others—heal.
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis recommends small steps we can take to help our loved ones in the face of tragedy.
Author Debra Jarvis explains how she claimed her experience with cancer by letting go of her old self and allowing a new self to emerge.
Gymboree founder Joan Barnes, who struggled with bulimia and an exercise addiction, shares how her recovery led to a more fulfilling career and life.
World champion snowboarder Amy Purdy, who lost her legs at age 19, describes how facing an obstacle can ignite our imagination.
Harvard student Valerie Piro explains how talking honestly and openly about her daily routine allows her to take control of her life’s narrative.
One year after his late wife gave him public permission to move on and find happiness, Jason B. Rosenthal shares what he has learned about grief and loss.
Listen to Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant share key findings from Option B about how you can build resilience.
Resilience is the strength and speed of our response to adversity. It’s a skillset we develop over the course of our lives, and there are concrete steps we can take to build resilience long before we face any kind of difficulty.
We often have a hard time talking about adversity—but staying silent can make our loved ones feel even more isolated after loss or hardship. This video offers simple ways to speak with empathy and honesty when our friends are suffering.
One way we build resilience is by fighting permanence, which is the belief that our grief or pain will last forever. Taking steps to remind ourselves that even the most painful feelings won’t always be so intense can help us find the strength to heal.
When you treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding you’d show a friend, that’s self-compassion. When you believe in your abilities, that’s self-confidence. We can practice self-compassion and develop our self-confidence on a daily basis to build resilience.
We’ve all heard of the Golden Rule: treat others how you want to be treated. But the way you want to be treated when facing adversity may be completely different from how others want to be treated. To truly support your loved ones, use the Platinum Rule instead: treat others how they want to be treated.
Kids are often more resilient than we think. There are concrete things we can do to help them build that resilience, including making sure they know they aren’t facing adversity alone.
After loss or trauma, we all hope to bounce back. Some of us manage to bounce forward. Learn how helping others gives our suffering meaning, allowing us to grow from the most difficult experiences of our lives.
The guilt we feel after loss or trauma can prevent us from enjoying the things we love. But when we give ourselves permission to do what we love, we allow ourselves to reclaim joy in our lives.
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