Resilience & Coping

Humor in Psychology: Coping and Laughing Your Woes Away

The belief that laughter heals the mind has been around for centuries. And why not? Humor just feels good; it distracts us from our problems and promotes a lighter perspective. For this reason, many famous quotes have been penned about the benefits of humor, such as: The human race has […]

The Art of Coping: Strategies and Skills to Help Your Clients Cope

Can't cope? Overwhelmed? Stressed? We all have trouble coping at some points in life. We don't get the promotion we hoped for; our relationship breaks down; a presentation is overdue. Whether you cope or not depends on how you think. Stress—a feeling of emotional or physical tension—arises from how you […]

The Crisis Kit: 5 Tools for Helping Clients Through Turbulent Times

A note from the team here at, concerning COVID-19... Like many of you, our hearts are heavy with concerns for the global community’s wellbeing. We believe that now, more than ever, positive psychology can really help lift others up. That is why we have decided that we will do […]

Resilience Coaching and Counseling: 29 Helpful Tools and Techniques

It’s a demanding world out there. Adversity in health, family, work--or any area of your life--could be right around the corner. Resilience is known as the mental processes and behaviors that people use to protect themselves from the harmful effects of stressors. It’s the ability to adapt and flex to […]

5+ Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset Using Grit and Resilience

When was the last time you showed resilience? How about grit? It has been more than seven years since Angela Duckworth’s TED Talk catapulted these two traits into our everyday vernacular, and still more since the dawn of Carol Dweck’s fixed versus growth mindset research. What have we learned? When […]

Resilience Theory: What Research Articles in Psychology Teach Us (+PDF)

Life is never perfect. As much as we wish things would ‘just go our way,’ difficulties are inevitable, and we all have to deal with them. Resilience Theory argues that it’s not the nature of adversity that is most important, but how we deal with it. When we face adversity, […]

6 Scales to Measure Coping + The Brief Cope Inventory

Sometimes life seems to pile up all at once. We find ourselves trying to juggle a multitude of daily challenges, large and small, or unexpected events that send our anxiety or stress responses into a tailspin. When this happens, it can be difficult to take a moment to check-in and […]

The Connor Davidson + Brief Resilience Scales

The Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale was developed by two researchers -- Kathryn M. Conner and Jonathan R.T. Davidson. Connor is a psychiatrist and a researcher at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Her research is focused on stress, anxiety, social anxiety, medications, and resilience. Davidson is a Professor Emeritus […]

What is Coping Theory?

What is your first reaction in the face of sudden stress? Do you make a plan to overcome it? Talk it out with your friends? Avoid confronting the situation? Or try to hide the fear by resorting to comfort food or other substances? There are so many different ways of […]

What is Post-Traumatic Growth? (+ Inventory & Scale)

As they say, trauma is a nightmare that comes while we are awake. Not only is it difficult to overcome trauma, but it also takes tremendous effort and perseverance to do so. But suffering has transformative power. Be that in religion, poetry, philosophy, or literature - the general understanding of […]

Parenting Children with Positive Reinforcement (Examples + Charts)

Children don’t come with instructions and discipline is often experienced by parents and children alike as an arena where our will and wits are tested. Positive reinforcement is only one of many forms of discipline, but from the perspective of positive psychology, it may as well be the most important […]

How to Become Mentally Strong: 14 Strategies for Building Resilience

How resilient are you? Some people seem to quickly bounce back from personal failures and setbacks, while others find it much more difficult. When life knocks you down, are you quick to pick yourself up and adapt to the circumstances? Or do you find yourself completely overwhelmed with little confidence […]

23 Resilience Building Tools and Exercises (+ Mental Toughness Test)

There is a buzz about resilience recently. Resilience is the ability to recover from setbacks and adapt to challenging circumstances and is required to thrive and flourish. It is a foundational psychological tool that empowers us to feel effective and capable of handling uncertainty. Despite this definition, there has been […]

30+ Tips for Building Resilience in Children

Most of us are familiar with the expression “that which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” It turns out that this is only partially true – not everyone possesses the ability to persevere following trauma. Indeed, while some people crumble in the face of adversity, others are somehow able to […]

Teaching Resilience in Schools and Fostering Resilient Learners

Teachers who teach resilience might change the trajectory of their student's lives. It is not easy to teach resilience in the classroom, but it is crucial. Teaching resilience is beyond memorization, calculation, and other traditional learning methods. It requires interaction and engagement. Resilience is about the process of becoming, which children […]

How to Beat Stress, Trauma, and Adversity with Resilience

To be able to handle most things in life… Why is it that some people, when faced with adversity, will be forced to defend themselves against further onslaught and erect barriers while others will transform it into a challenge and marshal all their abilities to meet it head-on? Our resilience […]

What is Emotional Resilience and How to Build It? (+Training Exercises)

How do you collect yourself after a stressful event? Emotional resilience is when you are able to calm your frantic mind after encountering a negative experience. It is intrinsic motivation, an inner force by which we can hold ourselves through all the downsides of life. Just like other aspects of […]

Resilience Skills, Factors and Strategies of the Resilient Person

Mental health encompasses far more than the mere absence of disorders. There are a number of dimensions when it comes to positive mental health, one of which is resilience. Resilience is the process of being able to adapt well and bounce back quickly in times of stress. This stress may […]

20 Best Resilience Books For Creating Mental Toughness

Resilience is defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness or the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity. (Oxford Dictionary, 2018). Resilience is something that is within each of us, but how we use it, and how well are key determinants in […]

What is Eustress And How is It Different than Stress?

In this article, we will explore the way in which eustress - what I call positive stress - may provide a long-lasting solution to the pervasive “distress” which may be creating harm in our lives. “Imagine feeling capable of handling whatever life throws at you, without having to panic, overreact, […]

Resilience Training: How to Master Mental Toughness and Thrive

Do you know someone who keeps on keeping on, no matter what life throws at them? How do they continue to thrive, flourish, and grow even stronger as they overcome the obstacles they face? The answer is resilience – which the APA describes as: “The process of adapting well in […]

What is Resilience and Why is It Important to Bounce Back?

One of the most popular topics in positive psychology—both in the field itself and in mainstream discussion of positive psychological concepts—is resilience. To some, resilience is a sort of “miracle drug” personality trait, something that can heal all wounds and right all wrongs. While resilience may not be the end-all […]

19 Resilience & Adversity Quotes That Will Inspire and Empower You

Building resilience is an important part of growth and change. There are several ways to cultivate and inspire resilience in people. A good start is finding a sentence that resonates with you. It empowers you, motivates you, and becomes a mantra you internally chant to yourself every day. Words can […]

How To Build Resilience With Resilience Training (+ Real Life Examples)

We all know resilience is an important trait. It is the hallmark of successful people and successful companies, and it is what allows people to come back from disappointment and failure stronger and more determined than ever. What you may not have known is that resilience is not a permanent […]

Master Resilience Training (MRT) in the US Army: PowerPoint & Interview

Master Resilience Training (MRT) is a resilience-training program that is offered by the United States Army. The goal of the program is to teach officers about resilience and to train those officers to teach other soldiers about resilience as well. It is a joint effort between the Positive Psychology Center […]

Coping: Dealing with Life’s Inevitable Disappointments in a Healthy Way

“Life’s not fair.” How I hated hearing that as a kid. It was a phrase trotted out by my father (and probably fathers everywhere) whenever I complained about something not going my way. I especially hated when my brother was allowed to do something I wasn’t, or when he received […]

10+ Coping Skills Worksheets for Adults and Youth (+ PDFs)

No matter how mentally healthy, resilient, or happy we are, every one of us goes through times when we need to cope with something difficult. Coping is something we all do, whether we do it consciously or without thinking. That might mean watching a funny movie when you're sad, calling […]

How To Measure Resilience With These 8 Resilience Scales

When we experience disaster, trauma, or distressing psychological issues, we usually react with grief and a range of negative emotions. This is, of course, a natural reaction to having our hopes dashed or our goals thwarted. However, such experiences are not only an inevitable part of life but virtually required […]

Shame Resilience Theory: How to Respond to Feelings of Shame

Shame Resilience Theory (SRT) is, as the name suggests, a theory concerned with how people respond to feelings of shame. It was first articulated in a 2006 paper by Brené Brown. Shame is a universal emotion that can have serious negative consequences if left unchecked, so examining what resilience in […]

27 Resilience Activities and Worksheets for Students and Adults (+PDFs)

You may think you’re not very resilient. The word “resilient” might bring to mind all of the struggles and setbacks that have plagued you in your life. You might be thinking about how hard it is to recover from some of the worst ones. You may be thinking “I’m not […]

Psycap 101: Your Guide to Increasing Psychological Capital

Originally developed in an organizational context, the concept of Psychological Capital with its four pillars of Hope, Efficacy, Resilience, and Optimism (HERO) has been linked to job- as well as life satisfaction. While every component has its own characteristics and interventions, the concept of PsyCap is greater than the sum […]

Resilience in Positive Psychology: Bouncing Back & Staying Strong

Resilience in positive psychology refers to the ability to cope with whatever life throws at you. Some people are knocked down by challenges, but they return as a stronger person more steadfast than before. We call these people resilient. A resilient person works through challenges by using personal resources, strengths, […]

What Is Grit In Psychology ? + How You Can Develop It

Have you ever seen someone—maybe a dancer or basketball player—demonstrate fantastic ability in their field and assumed that they're gifted with an innate talent that only a few people possess? Most likely, the answer is "yes." People are enamored with the idea of innate talent and "giftedness," but this mentality […]