This is an unprecedented time for our nation as a whole and for our communities here at Mason. The Center for the Advancement of Well-Being believes it is also a critically important time to encourage all members of our community to investigate and deepen their connection to well-being. 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. Our center, in partnership with University Life, is committed to supporting your resilience by publishing new material – encouragement, inspiration, and practices – to this page every week through June 1.
Each week our material will connect to one of the ten 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 encourage you to check back each week. 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 Resilience Resources Weekly posts so far:
More to come each week...
Use this form to connect with us, to let us know what you like about this resource, and to share any ideas you may have for this resource moving forward.
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).