Resilience Resources

Resilience Resources

Resilience Resources

Resilience, one tenet of Mason’s definition of well-being, is understood as the capacity for successful adaptation in the face of challenge, stress, and adversity. Through your day-to-day management of both work and non-work tasks, you are already practicing resilience, and you may be seeking more learning and growth in this area.

Here are 10 articles that each connect to one of the 10 strategies explored in Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges by Steven M. Southwick and Dennis S. Charney. By engaging these strategies, you will have the opportunity to deliberately strengthen your resilience by learning more about yourself. A basic building block of resilience is self-awareness, and we cannot be successful in developing our capacity for resilience without also learning about ourselves.

We published these articles over 10 weeks during spring 2020. Engage with this material by sharing it with a friend or a colleague or reflecting on your own with your journal. Schedule a virtual coffee chat with someone to discuss your reactions to the material. Share it with a group via email or text and encourage a lively exchange of ideas while maintaining the social connections that are vital to resilience. Share a link to the page in your social media feed or share with your office in preparation for an upcoming virtual meeting. We encourage you to take this material into your lives in ways that are most meaningful to you.

Here are links to all 10 Resilience Resources Weekly posts:

Find a Resilient Role Model

Strengthen Physical Well-Being

Cognitive Flexibility

Active Coping Skills

Social Networks

Knowing and Using Our Signature Strengths

A Personal Moral Compass

Resilience Training

Responding to Fear


Mason's Resilience Model

Mason’s Resilience Model represents the components of flourishing that we believe comprise a resilient human being. Resilience is the capacity for successful adaptation in the face of stress, challenge, and adversity.

Our center believes that with the appropriate resources and support, individuals, communities, and organizations can intentionally build their resilience in each of the resilience domains. Our resilience model was developed by Mason's Resilience Working group, a subset of individuals from the larger George Mason Well-Being University Learning Community that worked to foster resilience at Mason.

Positive emotions are a person’s brief responses when they interpret their current circumstances as good, pleasurable, or of good fortune. Positive emotions include joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe, and love.

Social support is the degree to which a person feels they can rely on or turn to other people for support, advice, or encouragement.

Meaning in life is the extent to which a person feels their life is purposeful and how they make sense of their life and place within the world.

Coping involves a person’s response to something distressing, including their ability to manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.

Physical well-being encompasses a person’s objective health (regular physical exercise, healthy diet, adequate sleep), and subjective health (how healthy they believe they are).