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Did you know that Pepperdine has its very own Resilience-Informed Skills Program

The Pepperdine RISE Program provides you with holistic, skills-based resilience training. Addressing the spiritual, social, physical, cognitive, life-skills, and service aspects of responding to challenges, the program is devised to enhance your resourcefulness and sense of well-being, both now and in the future.

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Four Steps to HEAL: Follow the HEAL framework to cultivate resilience as a durable strength hardwired into your own brain.

  1. Have a beneficial experience
  2. Enrich it
  3. Absorb it
  4. Link it


TED Talks:

The Three Secrets of Resilient People - Dr. Lucy Hone is a resilience expert who thought she found her calling supporting people to recover following the Christchurch earthquake. She had no idea that her personal journey was about to take her to a far darker place. In this powerful and courageous talk, she shares the three strategies that got her through an unimaginable tragedy⁠—and offers a profound insight on human suffering


Road to Resilience Podcast - Stories and insights to help you thrive in a challenging world. From fighting burnout and trauma, to building resilient families and communities, we explore what's possible when science meets the human spirit.

readthisRiSE Report - Subscribe to Pepperdine's Resilience-Informed Skills Education Program's bimonthly newsletter to stay in the know about RISE programming, workshops, and community-building opportunities.

5 Science-Backed Strategies to Build Resilience - When the road gets rocky, what do you do?

Building Your Resilience - American Psychological Association - Life may not come with a map, but everyone will experience twists and turns. Each change affects people differently, bringing a unique flood of thoughts, strong emotions and uncertainty.


Food-Mood Connection: How You Eat Can Amp Up Or Tamp Down Stress - These foods may help to reduce anxiety. That could help us focus more on building confidence in ourselves and optimism regarding our situation.

Food Action Plan for Becoming More Resilient to Stress 

These foods help to reduce anxiety, which allows us to focus on building confidence in ourselves and our situation:

  • Fatty fish
  • Eggs
  • Dark chocolate
  • Yogurt
  • Chamomile tea
  • Avocados
  • Turkey

Avoiding these foods could thwart the onset of anxiety:

  • Caffeine
  • Artificial sugars
  • Alcohol
  • Heavy dairy
  • Fried foods



@OptionB - OptionB give you and your loved ones the tools to build resilience. You can read stories, join groups for support, and get information from experts.