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Why is Resiliency so Important?


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When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see which one has been opened for us”. – Helen Keller

Resiliency is defined as the ability to recover quickly from difficulties. Each of us holds a threshold, making some of us more resilient than others. If you feel that you don’t have strong resiliency, do not be alarmed. Resiliency can be strengthened over time and with practice. Having resiliency is important because much of life involves obstacles and challenges that are meant to wear us down and teach us lessons – resiliency ensures that we learn those lessons and make meaning from them.

As stated on the Harvard Business Review, author Diane Coutu explained her book titled “How Resilience Works” the three characteristics needed: 1) a staunch acceptance of reality, 2) a deep belief, often accompanied by strong values of life being meaningful, and 3) the uncanny ability to improvise. Individuals who practice these characteristics are often able to come up with more creative solutions, more calmly make it through challenging times, and bounce back from hardships quicker than others. If you’re in recovery from mental illness or addiction, resiliency is a great trait to build.

Many of us learn at a young age from our parents, friends, and others that challenges are hard, and, we may have even learned that too much challenge isn’t tolerated. Psychology Today argues that these experiences cause us to form habits that unfortunately can’t be simply undone. In order to counteract these unhealthy habits, we have to push through and set positive goals and positive habits; one example of this may be to approach a challenging situation with energy and an open mind.

Not easy but well worth the effort, resiliency lends itself to successful and sustainable change. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common approach to recovery that helps individuals change their thought patterns to increase their resiliency. Take steps today towards increasing your ability to recover from setbacks, and you will have found yourself a wealth of knowledge for happiness in life.

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