Resiliency, simply put, is the ability to bounce back after difficult events or situations. How well we are able to handle adversities in our life depends on many factors. Past experiences (both positive and negative), your values, social support, and your coping skills all have an effect on your level of resiliency.
As a licensed mental health therapist and life management coach, I often notice how resiliency affects a person’s overall health and outlook on life in general. I see it as a process. We're all born with a temperament and as we experience life, we can see things in a neutral, positive, or negative tone.
With practice, and developing an awareness of how our perceptions become our realities, we can change the way we think about events in our life and can build our resiliency toward them, leading to a healthier outlook on life, and therefore, a more fulfilling and happier life.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself to see if you are resilient: