Psychologists studied a group of children from the time they were very young until they were in their 30’s. They were interested in discovering why certain children managed to succeed in spite of growing up in very ‘disturbed’ circumstances. Some children were able to stay happy, engaged and healthy even though they lived in extremely stressful environments. The study determined that resilience was the characteristic that was central to their ability to thrive. The key to resilience is perception. Rather than interpreting events as damaging or traumatic, the successful children saw them as…

Opportunities for growth.