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Resilience research analyses why some people go on to experience more problems and others developed into adults who can contribute positively to society (Werner, 2004). Resiliency can be defined as ‘the flexibility in response to changing situational demands, and the ability to bounce back from negative emotional experiences (Tugade et al, 2004). The term ‘to bounce back’ is usually used to describe resilience. Some aspects of resilience include emotional, spiritual, social, family and physical elements.

Resilience is the development of psychological strength to assist the individual to overcome and grow from challenges. Usually it requires a strong review of the environment in which the person exist and an honest examination of oneself.

Five best ways on how one can build become more resilient includes:

  •  Pump up your positivity – sometimes due to built in survival mechanisms the brains tends to pay more attention to negative events rather than positive ones. In reality, human beings experience more positive events with much greater impact. One essential key on building resiliency lies in noticing and appreciating these positive experiences whenever they occur.
  •  Live to learn – one way to develop a learner mindset is to use the method of question thinking. Learner questions are empowering and they also improve how a person relates himself/herself with others and creating a meaningful connection with others is yet another vital component of resilience.
  •  Open your heart – an act of kindness and being of service to others is an effective way of developing resilience. When someone receives and appreciates acts of kindness from others may be just as offering it up, because gratitude turns out to be an essential part of resiliency.
  •   Take care of yourself – a regular routine of good and healthy lifestyle are fundamental to both mental and emotional resilience. Mental breaks as well as relaxation are also two vital elements because they help to reduce stress.
  •  Hang on to humour – humour can give a person the chance to adapt to negative emotions and choose actions that are coping and positive.

 Apart from this, resilience is not a one hit wonder but it needs a long-term regular commitment to working towards a stronger self. It requires some underlying traits such as courage, honesty, tolerance, adaptability and connectivity with other people. Resilience has also the potential to assist an individual to live a happy and fulfilled life as well as accept a change with minimal interruption and being seen as a good place to work.

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