December 2018: Resilience

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Resilience is the ability to get back up after adversity.  Resilient people are able to meet change, difficultly, and setbacks with an open mind and even learn and grow from the experience.  
Resilience, and the resulting sense of well-being, can both be learned.  In The World Happiness Report, as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, Dr. Davidson and Dr. Schulyer defined well-being in terms of four qualities or characteristics:

1) Sustained positive emotion
2) Resilience
3) Empathy, altruism and pro-social behavior (also known as generosity)
4) Mindful attention

Resilience is mostly cultivated within ourselves by how we perceive and then react to stressors.  Most of life’s stressors are subjective in some way, and with mindfulness we can learn to make choices about how we react.  When we become aware of our thoughts and feelings and can see them clearly, we can respond with wisdom instead of responding in a harmful way.  If we can further offer compassion for the hardship we are experiencing, then we can increase our own resilience.

Articles

5 Ways to Boost Your Resilience at Work

“Many of us now work in constantly connected, always-on, highly demanding work cultures where stress and the risk of burnout are widespread. Since the pace and intensity of contemporary work culture are not likely to change, it’s more important than ever to build resilience skills to effectively navigate your work life.”

Seven Things Resilient Employees Do Differently

“The important ways developing resilience helps you work better”

Sits

App Announcement

We are happy to announce that in January we will be rolling out our new Alumni app, which will include recorded sits and information about resources.   In the January newsletter, we will let you know how to access the app.  Hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season!