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marriage personal growth Jan 03, 2019

How Resilience Can Help You Find Satisfaction

Disappointment, failure, defeat, and heartbreak happen.  So what the heck do people have who consistently get back up again and find new ways to be satisfied in life? That thing is one word, and it is... resilience. Today you’re going to discover how to add a little resilience to your life at the beginning of 2019.

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The Distraction of the Day:

Do any of you remember NASA’s spacecraft “New Horizons”? Well, it’s now more than 4 Billion miles away from the earth and it just sent back a picture from January 1 that’s going to blow your mind. I’ll tell you what it is, but I’m going to do so in Scots Gaelic courtesy of Google Translate: Fear-sneachda (Far Shnefda). That’s what it found and what I will describe to you in great detail at the end of this show. 

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From “Woman Donates Kidney To Ex-Husband 20 Years After Divorce

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We are talking about resilience!

Psychology Today defines it this way: “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.” 

Author Courtney Ackerman found that resilient people:

  • Make realistic plans and follow through
  • Are confident in who they are and believe they can make it
  • Take care in how they communicate and they communicate effectively and are good at problem-solving
  • Manage their emotions and basically show some self-control

Ackerman also shares some more traits of resilient people from resilience expert Glenn Schiraldi:

  • Calm under pressure
  • Optimism
  • Believing your life matters
  • Humor

When you choose to become more resilient, really great things begin to happen in your life like:

  1. Smarter
  2. Fewer absences from work or school
  3. You won’t feel as alone, because you’ll be more involved with your community and family
  4. Happier
  5. Feel more in control of your life
  6. More relaxed

So let’s be resilient in 2019, maybe one of you is realizing that resilience should be your word for 2019.




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