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Happiness Isn’t Brain Surgery: Hardiness and Resilience
Presented by: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes
Executive Director, AllCEUs

Continuing Education (CE) credits can be earned for this presentation at

~    Define resilience
~    Identify characteristics that make people more resilient and ways we can enhance those characteristics
~    Define Hardiness
~    Examine what hardiness is important to resilience
~    Resilience is the capacity to bounce back
~    Characteristics of resilient people:
~    Awareness of and minimized vulnerabilities
~    Healthy self-esteem
~    Strong social support system
~    Self-awareness
~    Self-Efficacy
~    Problem Solving Skills
~    Practice acceptance
~    Can tolerate distress
~    Have an optimistic viewpoint
Awareness of Vulnerabilities
~    Emotional Distress
~    Emotional Eustress
~    Mental Distress
~    Mental Eustress
~    Physical Distress
~    Nutrition (poor nutrition, dieting, too much caffeine)
~    Sleep
~    Exercise (pain, exhaustion)
~    Pain
~    Illness
Vulnerabilities cont…
~    Social Distress
~    Social Eustress
~    Environmental Distress
~    Environmental Eustress
Self Esteem
~    Ability to provide validation and acceptance of self
~    Identify personal strengths and positive characteristics
~    Separate who you are from what you do
~    Explore cognitions about:
~    Why other people’s opinions matter
~    Attributions

Strong Social Support System
~    Social supports are our greatest buffers against stress
~    Relationships can be one of the greatest causes of stress
~    Identify characteristics of healthy vs. unhealthy relationships.
~    Explore ways to nurture and enhance healthy relationships.
~    Identify ways to deal with unhealthy people
~    Learn about temperament and complimentarity
~    Temperament
~    Needs
~    Wants
~    Values (Truly important, driving forces)
~    Goals
~    Is what I am doing getting me closer to or further away from what is important to me
~    Physical and emotional state in the present
~    Triggers (positive and negative)

~    Believing in one’s own capacity to accomplish goals (effectiveness)
~    Identification as a survivor not a victim (Locus of control)
~    Hardiness
~    Commitment: Motivation
~    Control: Realistic understanding of what is within one’s control
~    Challenge: Not too easy, but not overwhelming.  Exciting opportunity
Problem Solving Skills
~    Ability to conceptualize problems
~    Willingness to seek out help
~    Motivation to actually take action

~    Don’t bring me a problem unless you have an idea for at least one realistic solution.
~    Sometimes things just are…
~    Unfortunate
~    Inaccessible
~    Unchangeable
~    Willingness to accept life on life’s terms without
~    Judging
~    Trying to change the unchangable
Distress Tolerance
~    Ability to feel a feeling without having to react
~¬†¬† ¬†‚ÄúI am angry‚ÄĚ
~¬†¬† ¬†‚ÄúI am having a feeling of being angry‚ÄĚ
~¬†¬† ¬†‚ÄúI am angry but can choose whether or not to stew in it‚ÄĚ
~    Note
~¬†¬† ¬†There are no ‚ÄúYou made me‚ÄĚ (victim stance)
~    There is no active attempt to change it at this point
~    Feelings are there to tell us something.  Fighting them or nurturing them only prolongs them.
~    Finding the silver lining
~    Failure = Learning opportunity
~    Relationships = Compassion
~    Rainy day = Watering the plants
~    Life change = Opportunity to find a new direction

~    Resilience is the capacity to bounce back
~    Resilience is a quality we can enhance in our clients while also helping them reduce distress.
~    Characteristics of resilient people:
~    Awareness of and minimized vulnerabilities
~    Healthy self-esteem
~    Strong social support system
~    Self-awareness
~    Self-Efficacy
~    Problem Solving Skills
~    Practice acceptance
~    Can tolerate distress
~    Have an optimistic viewpoint

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