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Very Useful Article On Resilience

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The Secrets of Resilience is a very useful article that appeared in The Wall Street Journal.

It’s pretty long but, with modifications, could be a good piece for students.

In fact, I’m thinking just this edited section on recommendations for how to become more resilient would be enough, at least for English Language Learners. The rest of the article primarily cites research to back up this list:

So where does that leave those of us who would like to be more resilient? It helps to take on long-form projects that feel like challenges rather than threats. Whether taking up crew or judo, studying for an advanced degree or mastering an instrument, hard things that aren’t emotional or unexpected help us practice for those that are….

Reach out to family, friends or professionals who care. It is a myth that resilient people don’t need help. Seeking support is what resilient people do.

Engage in active coping. Most serious adversities are neither quickly nor easily solved, but taking control where we can is empowering. Make a realistic plan to improve your situation, and work toward it day by day. Progress shores us up and calms us down.

Finally, remember the ways you have been courageous and strong. Too often we remember what has gone wrong in life rather than what we did to survive and thrive. Think back on a time when you were challenged and give yourself credit for how you made it through. You may already be more resilient than you think.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit”

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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