Stress Response Styles

Paula Davis-Laack is a former practicing lawyer who currently runs an organization dedicated to burnout prevention and resilience. As she notes, whether we choose to view adversities as challenges or threats makes a significant difference in our reactions to them. In the article linked below, she discusses five ways people commonly react to stressors. (Heads… Read More

Greater Gratitude

Feeling and expressing gratitude frequently is important in developing resilience. Doing so boosts production of the “love hormone” oxytocin, which obviously makes us feel good! The following Mayo Clinic article briefly describes how modern stress differs from the stress human brains evolved to deal with and suggests an excellent way to develop a habit of… Read More

Character Strengths Survey

The VIA Institute on Character was established in 2001 by Dr. Neal Mayerson. It created a survey to measure 24 character strengths in six areas: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendance. Multiple research studies have indicated that some of these strengths are particularly valuable (even above demographic variables, social support, self-esteem, life satisfaction, positive… Read More

Defining Resilience

The first step in building resilience is understanding what resilience is. This quality is defined in different ways by different people and organizations.  One authoritative definition is the American Psychological Association’s. To read it and the Association’s tips for building resilience, visit the following APA website URL: However, this site will favor the following… Read More