RESILIENCE launches today!

RESILIENCE launches today!

Resilience is officially launched into the world today.

Resilience really is a comprehensive personal boot camp training in resilience to help you develop new ways to respond to pressures and tragedy quickly and effectively. This carefully crafted program helps you recover from any disruption to your resilience, from:

* barely a wobble – something stressful or challenging happens, but you can re-center yourself and cope quickly

* more serious struggles and sorrows that break our hearts and derail us temporarily

* the trauma of “too much” that change our relationship to ourselves and our lives forever.

You can learn the skills necessary to cope with anything, anything at all.

Read endorsements of psychologists, researchers, mindfulness teachers, parenting experts here.

View video conversations with experts on recovering resilience here.

View the publisher’s interview with the author here.

Listen to audio recordings of exercises here.

And read recommendations of other excellent books on resilience here.

Order your copy here and receive a free video mini-series on Practices for Recovering Resilience.

When Bouncing Back was published in 2013, it was one of the few books available pioneering the confluence of modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and relational psychology to address resilience.  Now there are many more resources available. Here are some of the best:

Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness

by Rick Hanson with Forrest Hanson.

Without a doubt, an excellent guide for strengthening 12 essential inner resources you need to cope with the adversities you face in your life: compassion, mindfulness, learning, grit, gratitude, confidence, calm, motivation, intimacy, courage, aspiration, generosity.

“While resilience helps us recover from loss and trauma, it offers much more than that.  True resilience fosters well-being, an underlying sense of happiness, love and peace.  The key is knowing how to turn passing experiences (of wellbeing) into lasting inner resources in your brain.”

Because Resilient shows you how to install these essential resources step-by-step, the practices offered here are trustworthy and effective. You really can build a reliable foundation from the inside out of steady resilience and lasting well-being.

Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges

by Steven Southwick, M.D. and Dennis Charney, M.D.

Experts in post-traumatic stress reveal how the latest research into the psychological, biological, and
social impact of trauma can help us manage our stressors and tragedies.

Resilience is common, can be witnessed all around us, and for most people can be enhanced through
learning and training. If we can learn to harness stress, it can serve as a catalyst for developing
greater strength and even greater wisdom.

The authors then explore the cultivation of 10 resilience factors:
* optimism
* facing fear
* doing what is right; moral compass
* drawing on faith
* social support
* role models providing the road map
* physical fitness and training
* brain fitness
* cognitive and emotional flexibility

Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life

by Eric Greitens.

Full of pith wisdom from a Navy SEAL, Rhodes scholar and humanitarian leader:

“A great deal of our growth does come when we put our shoulder into what’s painful.  We choose to, or have to, step beyond the margins of our past experience and do something hard and new…Struggle helps (us) build deep reservoirs of strength.”

Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being

By Linda Graham

A ground-breaking integration of modern neuroscience, relational psychology and contemplative practice that guides readers in strengthening the capacities of resilience innate in the brain, creating more flexible responses to everyday disappointments and extraordinary disasters in ways that are safe, efficient, and effective. 

Bouncing Forward: The Art and Science of Cultivating Resilience

By Michaela Haas

Engaging interviews illuminate how to find growth through adversity and meaning in the messiness.  Learn how to cultivate the mindset of resilience that can catalyze healing and growth from catastrophe.

Portraits of Resilience

By Daniel Jackson

A beautiful series of photographic/interview essays drawn from the faculty, students, and staff of M.I.T. dealing resiliently with anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, etc.  A wealth of stores of triumph over adversity you can keep in your “resilience wallet.”

The Woman’s Book of Resilience: 12 Qualities to Cultivate Thriving through Good Times and Bad

by Beth Miller.

This book explores 12 actions (rather than traits) that allow people to navigate life’s difficulties and disasters with skill and grace:

Embrace vulnerability

Connect with others

Manage part of the problem

Get needs met

Develop special gifts

Learn to say no

Transform resentments and practice forgiveness

Develop humor

Find new, different, and many ways to improve things

Endure suffering

Find the meaning in crises

Stand strong alone and rely on others.

And then includes wonderful, very human stories to illustrate how each action works to foster resilience.

“Resilience is natural.  No one is resilient all of the time.  We can learn to be resilient.”

21 Days to Resilience: How to Transcend the Daily Grind, Deal with the Tough Stuff, and Discover Your Strongest Self

by Zelana Montminy.

Based on research that demonstrates that making small changes in our lives strengthens our resilience, offers small pragmatic, actionable tools to “see challenges as opportunities and discover emotional strength during times of struggle.”

21 Days is a clearly structured program of daily workouts to strengthen the muscles of resilience:

Focusing on one trait per day: habit, hope, health, control, playfulness, self-respect, self-awareness, realistic optimism, mindfulness, integrity, spirituality, flexibility, perseverance, acceptance, innovation, emotional intelligence, purpose, problems solving, social connectivity, altruism, gratitude.

Taking stock of your current strength in that trait

Daily do’s of simple exercise to do morning, day, evening.

Suggestion for cultivates these traits lifelong.

Simple. Doable. Effective.

Resilient Grieving: Finding Strength and Embracing Life After a Loss That Changes Everything

by Lucy Hone.

A research-based guide from the emerging fields of resilience psychology and post-traumatic growth for finding hope and strength after a devastating loss. 

“The way we choose to think and the way we choose to act have a substantial influence on our well-being>”

Full of very practical, easily implementable tools in recover that well-being even in the midst of darkness and pain.

Type R: Transformative Resilience for Thriving in a Turbulent World

by Ama Marston and Stephanie Marston.

Type R relies on significant research studies to support a radical change in how we view resilience. identifies the characteristics of people who can cope not just with personal catastrophes but act resiliently to effect change in the large global context of climate change and financial crises:


Healthy relationship to control

Continual learning

Sense of purpose

Leveraging support

Active engagement. 

“We learn to deal with uncertainty not as a passing state but as a condition of life.  We can leverage individual hardship into opportunity and carry that progress into the world as a collective. The ability to re-frame stress and adversity as opportunity is an essential skill, using change, stress, and adversity as spring boards to innovation and growth under pressure.”

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