There’s no resilience gene to help us deal with adversity. Experts say it’s a skill to foster, a muscle to pump up.
Six months into the twin calamities of a pandemic and a tough economy, this may be a good time for a resilience workout.
Resilience is the ability to withstand, bounce back and grow in the face of stressors and changing demands. “For a long time, people believed resilience was kind of a trait, something you have or you don’t,” said Vanessa Downing, a psychologist in Wilmington, Delaware. “Now we know it really is much more a set of skills that can be taught and learned.”