When faced with a traumatic event, do you fall apart or come back stronger? The answer to that question depends on how resilient you are. And luckily, resilience is a muscle you can build.
In May 2015, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg was faced with the unthinkable: Dave Goldberg, her husband of 11 years and the father of her two children, died unexpectedly while running on a treadmill. The months that followed were predictably painful as Sandberg and her children navigated their grief and attempted to restore a sense of normalcy to their life. But it wasn't easy, and in the process, Sandberg has become an expert on resilience.
Sandberg's book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, which she wrote with organizational psychologist and professor Adam Grant, topped best-seller lists this year as interest in cultivating resilience grew. And Sandberg isn't the only one with a book out on this topic: Dough Hensch released his book Positively Resilient, last fall, and several other new books broach this topic. While some may be compelled to study up on resilience only after disaster strikes, learning resilience when life is at its easiest may be just as (if not more) beneficial. Here are six ways to cultivate resilience: