The 5 Practices of Highly Resilient People: Why Some Flourish When Others Fold

Hachette Go Apr. 2023. 272p. ISBN 9780306831614. $29. SELF-HELP
Neuropsychologist and resilience expert Stejskal, founder of the Resilience Leadership Institute, offers a new take on resilience and provides suggestions on how to practice it in daily life. Sharing her personal story as someone living with PTSD and dyslexia, Stejskal delineates five practices of resilience—vulnerability, productive perseverance, connection, “gratiosity” (gratitude plus generosity), and possibility. Along the way, Stejskal delivers key ideas such as “challenges happen, it doesn’t mean you’re on the wrong path” and “resilient people bounce forward not back.” By drawing on real-life examples, Stejskal demonstrates ways in which to practice resilience and grow from one’s life experiences. Readers may be encouraged to discover that resilience is learned, not innate; there is always room to learn more. This is an essential book for anyone looking for ways to cope with difficult situations and learn how to become stronger and healthier.
VERDICT Containing both insight and practical practices, this is a wonderful resource for anyone seeking help on how to cope with life’s challenges. Recommended for fans of Rick Hanson’s Resilient: How To Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness.
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