Psychological resilience is the process of coping effectively with stress and adversity.  We all face stress in our lives; common sources include family and relationships problems, health concerns, financial worries and workplace difficulties.  Continuing to function while facing significant stress and bouncing back from difficult experiences including tragedy and trauma demonstrates healthy adaptation and resilience.

We can all take steps to increase our resilience.  The field of positive psychology studies the attitudes, behaviors and actions which enhance resilience and promote the achievement of a satisfactory life.  Research has shown that practices such as cultivating gratitude and altruistic giving boost happiness and improve well-being.