Resilience is the capacity of a system, enterprise, or a person to maintain its core purpose and integrity in the face of dramatically changed circumstances. - Andrew Zolli
One of the core concepts to emerge out of the field of positive psychology is the importance of resilience, a quality that helps people to thrive and to be well. Positive psychologists are studying the question of why some people are able to bounce back and overcome adversity, while others are not.
Their research has revealed two factors that are foundational to our ability to be resilient: spirituality and community.
- Spirituality provides us with meaning, hope, and a larger perspective in the midst of challenging times. It focuses as a “true north” in life when tough times are threatening to knock us off course.
- Having a supportive community to turn to when times are tough is also a foundational factor in resilience. A recent study found that isolation for older people is as great a health risk as smoking. We need the love and support of others always, but most especially when we are in the midst of a stressful time.
Making It Personal: What are your thoughts about the quote above by Andrew Zolli about resilience? Do you agree that spirituality and community are key factors in resilience? Can you think of an area in your life where you might need to summon up some courage to be more resilient?
Grace and peace from both of us….Heather and Michael