What is Resiliency and Why is it So Important?

Resiliency is the ability to overcome challenges of all kinds–trauma, tragedy, personal crises, plain ‘ole’ life problems–and bounce back stronger, wiser, and more personally powerful.

It’s important because this is what we need to do when faced with life’s inevitable difficulties. AND it’s important because there is a growing body of social science research that explains how: How can you bounce back, even from a lifetime of “risk factors” or very painful trauma or tragedy, and how can you help those you care about bounce back?

This is the most useful under-publicized research information everybody should know. There are steps you can take today and every day to make it more likely that you will bounce back from any problem or challenge “stronger, smarter & with more self-esteem…”and more likely your family and others you care about will bounce back, too.

My work and writing is dedicated to sharing these life-correcting, life-strengthening strategies.  My latest book, The Resiliency Workbook,  synthesizes my 20 years of studying resiliency into a useable-by-anyone format.  I am excited about this book because it makes the decades of social science research on how people can overcome accessible to everyone!


  1. Nina Allen says:

    Do you have motivational speakers for the youth? Would you visit fort hood, TX to talk to middle school and high school students?

    • Nan Henderson says:

      Hi Nina! I do presentations with youth and adults together–far more effective, in my experience, than just a one-time motivational presentation. This would be either with youth and parents or with youth and teachers/counselors. Let me know if you are interested and I will send you details.

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