Sep 20, 2021

Interviewer: How can you be the kind of person that recovers from adversity? Dr. Amy Locke's the co-director of the Resiliency Center at University of Utah Health. Tell me about this concept called resiliency.

Dr. Locke: Resilience is the idea that when bad things happen, you're able to fully recover or bounce back. So, for example, like a willow bends but doesn't break.

Interviewer: And is this something I can do?

Dr. Locke: Yeah. So there are lots of traits that are consistently practiced by people who are resilient. Resilient people are more likely to find meaning and purpose in their day-to-day lives. They are more likely to be able to set limits and have realistic expectations, and they're often more likely to take time for themselves. If people are able to integrate some of these techniques, they may find that they're more able to bounce back when things go wrong and get stressful.

updated: September 20, 2021
originally published: December 20, 2017

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