Thursday, November 15, 2018

What is Resiliency?

The Meaning of Resiliency:
By: Carolyn Pachas-Guest Writer
 Hi everyone, last blog I talked about how it is important to understand that life is full of good moments and also difficult moments, and today I want to talk about the meaning of resiliency. Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman from Penn State University explains it in this way:

Resiliency is defined as...

  • ·       The ability to be aware and recover
  • ·       To recognize that It is an ongoing process, and it
  • ·       Requires time and effort
  • ·       It engages people into action

  Resiliency gives us the opportunity to: 

  • ·       Develop better relationships
  • ·       Have a greater sense of strength
  • ·       to increase self-worth
  • ·       Develop spiritually

With this information, as parents we can see that it is a part of our development stages in life, and depending on life experiences of each one of us, we can either have a strong resiliency, or a weak one. It depends on each one of us and our peers and family to help us develop those better relationships, have a greater sense of strength, increase self-worth, and develop spirituality. 

One thing I wanted to say is that today some companies are bringing resiliency coaches and workshops to their employees, to empower them, and even help keep the company strong in the face of a crisis. Companies have realized that strong employees make strong companies.  

My point here is to help you by giving you tools and information on how to help your children develop resiliency, to confront difficult situations in life. Parents or legal guardians are the first ones who help children in the creation of friends and better relationships with other family members. Parents or legal guardians, are going to be the first ones to teach their children how to develop their own strength. The child will learn also from the family, how to increase their self-worth, and develop spirituality through moral standards and spiritual beliefs. 

On the next blog I will discuss the steps to take to develop a healthy resiliency. 

If this blog helped you, or if you would like to comment on the box below, please do. Share this blog with your friends and family on your social media. We want to help others have a healthy resiliency. Thank you for reading and sharing.

Carolyn Pachas is a guest writer for Janet Bonnin. She has worked with families for more than 12 years providing parenting courses, and giving assistance in her own community. She is a professional communicator, and a writer.

Janet Bonnin, Your Family Growth Coach, has worked with families since 2001 to deepen connections and improve communication, so all can lower stress and thrive.  Visit to learn how.


Seligman, M.E.P., Ernst, R.M., Gillham, J., Reivich, K., & Linkins, M. (2009). Positive education: Positive psychology and classroom interventions. Oxford Review of Education (35) 3, 293-311

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