What is Resilience?

Resilience: The ability to thrive, adapt and cope despite tough and stressful times.

Resilience is a natural counter-weight to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The more resilient a child is, the more likely they are to deal with negative situations in a healthy way that won’t have prolonged and unfavorable outcomes. Resilience is not an innate characteristic, but rather is a skill that can be taught, learned and practiced. Everybody has the ability to become resilient when surrounded by the right environments and people.

Toxic stress is a chronic activation of a physiologic response to stressors when there is no buffering protection, or support. The ACE studies and subsequent related research quantified the physiological effects of stress and suffering, but spiritual cultures have understood the relation between body and mind for eons and clinicians have observed and documented it for decades. The film Resilience contains a wealth of technical information about child development and how developing bodies and brains respond to stress, and offers steps everyone can take to promote resilience in children.

We all have a role to play in promoting the great childhoods that children deserve. As facilitators of discussions around this film, our job is to help ensure that viewers leave knowing how they can promote resilience in their families and communities.

If you are interested in Resilience and would like to learn more about how you might show the full film for a group setting, please contact Linda Manaugh at the Potts Family Foundation contact below. The trailer is also provided at the top of this page.

To learn more about the film itself, please click here.