• November 2015

3 Books to Help You Keep Bouncing Back

What causes one system to break down and another to rebound? That’s one of the questions authors Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy answer in Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back. Theirs is but one of three books that can help you remain resilient — even when the odds are against you. Scroll down for details.


Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back

By Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy

Are we merely subject to the whim of forces beyond our control? Or, in the face of constant disruption, can we build better shock absorbers — for ourselves, our communities, our economies, and for the planet as a whole?

Reporting firsthand from the coral reefs of Palau to the back streets of Palestine, Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy relate breakthrough scientific discoveries, pioneering social and ecological innovations, and important new approaches to constructing a more resilient world. Zolli and Healy show how this new concept of resilience is a powerful lens through which we can assess major issues afresh: from business planning to social develop­ment, from urban planning to national energy security — circumstances that affect us all.

Provocative, optimistic, and eye-opening, “Resilience” sheds light on why some systems, people, and communities fall apart in the face of disruption and, ultimately, how they can learn to bounce back.

Learn more here: resiliencethebook.com


The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life’s Hurdles

By Karen Reivich, PhD, and Andrew Shatté, PhD

Resilience is a crucial ingredient — perhaps the crucial ingredient — to a happy, healthy life. More than anything else, it’s what determines how high we rise above what threatens to wear us down, from battling an illness, to bolstering a marriage, to carrying on after a national crisis. Everyone needs resilience, and now two expert psychologists share seven proven techniques for enhancing our capacity to weather even the cruelest setbacks.

The science in “The Resilience Factor” takes an extraordinary leap from the research introduced in the best-selling “Learned Optimism” a decade ago. Just as hundreds of thousands of people were transformed by “flexible optimism,” readers of this book will flourish, thanks to their enhanced ability to overcome obstacles of any kind. Drs. Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatté are seasoned resilience coaches and, through practical methods and vivid anecdotes, they prove that resilience is not just an ability that we’re born with and need to survive, but a skill that anyone can learn and improve in order to thrive.

Readers will first complete the Resilience Questionnaire to determine their own innate levels of resilience. Then, the system at the heart of “The Resilience Factor” will teach them to:

  • Cast off harsh self-criticisms and negative self-images
  • Navigate through the fallout of any kind of crisis
  • Cope with grief and anxiety
  • Overcome obstacles in relationships, parenting, or on the job
  • Achieve greater physical health
  • Bolster optimism, take chances, and embrace life

Readers say: “In light of the unprecedented challenges we’ve recently faced, there’s never been a greater need to boost our resilience. Without resorting to feel-good pap or quick-fix clichés, “The Resilience Factor” is self-help at its best, destined to become a classic in the genre.”

Learn more here.


Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life

By Eric Greitens

“You cannot bounce back from hardship,” says Navy SEAL Eric Greitens. “You can only move through it. There is a path through pain to wisdom, through suffering to strength, and through fear to courage if we have the virtue of resilience.”

In 2012, Eric Greitens unexpectedly heard from a former SEAL comrade, a brother-in-arms he hadn’t seen in a decade. Zach Walker had been one of the toughest of the tough. But ever since he returned home from war to his young family in a small logging town, he’d been struggling.

Without a sense of purpose, plagued by PTSD, and masking his pain with heavy drinking, Walker needed help. He and Greitens started writing and talking nearly every day, as Greitens set down his thoughts on what it takes to build resilience in our lives.

Greiten’s letters, drawing on both his own experience and wisdom from ancient and modern thinkers, are now gathered and edited into this timeless guidebook. Resilience explains how we can build purpose, confront pain, practice compassion, develop a vocation, find a mentor, create happiness, and much more. Greiten’s lessons are deep yet practical, and his advice leads to clear solutions.

He insists: “We all face pain, difficulty, and doubt. But we also have the tools to take control of our lives. Resilience is an inspiring meditation for the warrior in each of us.”

Learn more here.

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