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Genevieve E. Chandler: On the Power of Personal Resilience

AMHERST — Bad things happen. Wars, hurricanes, failing a quiz, not getting a call back — adversity occurs in our lives. The question is, can we be resilient? Can we bounce back from adversity? Your response to adversity is where resilience begins.

Some of us are born more able to bounce back from a difficult situation. Others, from how we were raised, recognize when bad things happen we need to have compassion for ourselves. There’s the rub. We can be cynical and pessimistic when faced with adversity or compassionate and optimistic. We can chose.

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