According to the American Psychological Association (APA), resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress, such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. It means "bouncing back" from painful experiences.

Resilience is not only recovering quickly from failure but using the opportunity to grow and further your personal development. It means coming back stronger and wiser. People who are highly resilient apply the lesson, each negative experience has taught them, in their future endeavours.

Being resilient does not mean that you don't experience struggle or suffering. Emotional pain and sadness are common in people who have suffered significant adversity or trauma in their lives. The path to resilience is likely to encompass considerable emotional distress.

Resilience involves behaviours, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone. It is not a trait that you either have or do not have. 


The Benefits of Resilience


Humanship resilience program aims to encourage people to:

  • Develop an internal locus of control 
  • Develop a good sense of self-esteem and self-efficacy
  • Develop self-awareness and emotion regulation 
  • Develop mental agility 
  • Develop optimism, hope, positive emotions and gratitude
  • Develop a growth mindset 
  • Develop strong, trusting relationships 


Implications for Public Policy


Our resilience training includes: 

  • Perspective taking 
  • Decision making 
  • Coping and assertiveness 
  • Emotion regulation  
  • Cognitive restructuring 


Helping "Our Community" bounce back from adversity and keep persistent with their goals when things get tough is our mission, particularly in this program.