Resilience is a topic that is often studied in the field of Positive Psychology. However, it has been defined in many different ways.

Let’s look at the basic meaning first. The word resilience stems from the Latin expression “resilire,” which translates into recoil or rebound.

The English word “resile” means “to bounce or to spring back.”

So the most basic definition of the word resilience is: “The ability to bounce back or recover from stress.”

Here are some more definitions: “The ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

“Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes.” (Psychology Today)

“Resilience is a muscle one develops in everyday life by stretching positive experiences.” (Rick Hanson, author)

“The process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress.” (American Psychological Association)

Very often, people believe that being resilient means to be able to bounce back. But that’s not what it is – bouncing back would mean that you land where you started, so you would end up going backwards. 

Instead, you want to move forward. And not only that. You, of course, also want to learn something positive from your experience and grow stronger. 

So that is what Resilience is: The art of moving forward during turbulent times and growing stronger despite all struggles and challenges one might face. 

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