“The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”

— General George Patton

Bouncing back from difficult events and stressful situations by employing effective strategies to maximize well-being is Resilience.

Resilient people are more capable of managing stress and crises as well as managing the day-to-day decisions of life. Resilience combines innate traits with habits that strengthen your emotional, spiritual and physical self. When you are stressed or unhealthy, your ability to respond to stress is compromised.

Resilience is enhanced by a healthy lifestyle. We know that those who exercise, maintain a healthy weight and diet, and who have a spiritual system that provides life with meaning and purpose, are more capable of managing stress, crisis and day-to-day challenges. Those people who demonstrate high self-awareness and who feel in charge of their lives are better able to respond to the stresses of life’s challenges.

If any of these behaviors are true of you or associates with whom you work, you’ll find action tips at

  • Poor health habits — lack of exercise, poor diet, too little or too much sleep
  • Negative attitude; attitude of defeatism
  • Lack of goals or meaningful purpose in life
  • Inadequate social support
  • Projecting responsibility for self onto others — not taking personal responsibility

You might also consider (a sampling of suggestions from

Benson, Herbert, and Eileen Stuart. The Wellness Book: Comprehensive Guide to Maintaining Health and Treating Stress-Related Illness. New York: Fireside, 1992.

Clarke, Jane, and John Nicholson. Resilience: Bounce Back From Whatever Life Throws at You. Crimson, 2010

Davis, Martha, Elizabeth Eshelman, and Matthew McKay. The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Oakland, CA: New Harbinger, 2000.

Elkin, Allen. Stress Management for Dummies. Foster City, CA: IDG Books Worldwide, 1999.

Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Arriving at Your Own Door: 108 Lessons in Mindfulness. New York: Hyperion, 2007.

Luskin, Fred and Kenneth Pelletier. Stress Free for Good: 10 Scientifically Proven Life Skills for Health and Happiness. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2005.

Loehr, Jim, and Tony Schwartz. The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal. New York: The Free Press, 2003.

McKay, Matthew, Martha Davis, and Patrick Fanning. Thoughts and Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, 1997.

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