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Resilience is like a muscle you can build. It’s just a matter of knowing how.
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At one point or another, we all live some form of Option B. Here you'll find stories of people working to make the most of theirs.
Mass tragedies—like school shootings and subway bombings— can take an emotional toll even when you aren’t directly affected. Learn how to care for yourself—and how to talk to kids—when the unthinkable happens.
Understanding how you or your children might react can help you feel more prepared when the unthinkable happens.
The Obama administration's liaison to the LGBTQ and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities shares insights about how we can take a stand against bullying and build resilience in LGBTQ communities.
A leading trauma expert and clinical psychologist explains why talking about trauma helps the healing process.
Writer and counseling psychologist Lee Daniel Kravetz describes five steps we can take to find realistic hope in the face of adversity.
Some days can be harder than others. Use these strategies from Option B to find strength on hard days like holidays, anniversaries, and birthdays.
Youth advocate Limabenla Jamir describes how resilience develops from social support in conflict-affected communities and how it can help young people drive changes in their societies.
Writer and psychologist Andrew Solomon encourages us to forge meaning from our struggles and build a new identity that incorporates even the worst events in our lives.
Psychologist Kelly McGonigal outlines how we can build resilience by connecting with and caring for other people during times of stress.
In a conversation with Cheryl Strayed, Sheryl Sandberg and the bestselling author talk about finding resilience in shared experiences and the enduring power of a mother’s love.
Lee Woodruff joins Sheryl Sandberg to talk about the experience her family went through after her husband, Bob, was critically injured on assignment for ABC News in Iraq.
Social psychologist Dan Gilbert describes how our "psychological immune system" can help us find happiness when things don’t go as planned.
Psychologist and author Guy Winch describes how changing our responses to failure can build resilience.
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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