Have you ever wondered how some people seem to always cope with whatever life throws at them and actually come out better off? Resilience is the key factor and in this post we explore the characteristics of highly resilient people.

The concept of resilience has evolved over the past twenty years. Initially there was an assumption that resilience is based on a number of fixed personality traits that enhance individual adaptation to adversity or stress. Latterly it has become outcome-based where despite stress or adversity, mental and physical health is maintained or regained.

“Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems.”

― Gever Tulley

In fact, the exposure to adversity or risk is a pre-requisite when it comes to characteristics of highly resilient people. Resilience is viewed as modifiable and determined by multiple resilience factors such as self-efficacy, optimism and social support, which can modify an individual’s response to adversity. Today, we can view individual resilience as a multidimensional, dynamic and variable process of adaptation and as such, interventions can improve it.

The research behind it

Our extensive research sought to identify the key factors that are determinants of resilience using data from longitudinal studies in different populations facing various adversities and stressors, and from systematic reviews and meta-analyses of modifiable resilience factors.

As a result, we created a multi-dimensional model that provides a comprehensive view of resilience, encompassing 5 key facets;

Mental Strength

Being positive and optimistic, with the ability to adapt to a changing environment. The ability to keep going forward even when things get tough, effectively managing stress levels along the way.


Having a sense of purpose in your life with clear goals which align with your values and strengths.

Physical Stamina

Taking care of yourself through healthy eating, regular exercise, quality sleep and a good work/life balance.

Emotional Intelligence

Having high levels of self-awareness and self-esteem with the ability to manage your emotions.

Social Network

Having a highly supportive network of family, friends and colleagues and someone to confide in.

Which of the 5 facets do you think is your strongest area and which area requires further development and focus?

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