Adversity and Resilience
What You Should Know
- Adversity is the hard or difficult things we face in life, and resilience is the ability to go through or “bounce back” from those difficult things.
- How much resilience we have or don’t have, largely affects our relationship with adversity including how we react, respond, and recover.
- There are things we can do every day to increase our resilience and overall well-being by engaging in spiritual, social, physical, cognitive, life-skill building, and service practices.
- 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.
- Follow RISE on Instagram for more resilience contact!
Things You Can Try
- Four Steps to HEAL: Follow the HEAL framework to cultivate resilience as a durable strength hardwired into your own brain.
- Have a beneficial experience
- Enrich it
- Absorb it
- Link it
- 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.
- RISE 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.