Is life resilience something we learn or is it something we inherit via our DNA?
Scientists seem to have differing opinions on this subject. Some think that our DNA can predetermine our resilience. Others state that resilience is determined by many other factors.
Even though the scientific community is divided on the genetics of resilience, many believe it is a key component in how we cope with the ups and downs of life. I agree.
The importance of teaching ourselves about resilience and about being resilient will help us cope in this ever-changing world. By being more resilient we will cope better in a crisis, we deal better with stress and we recover more quickly after trauma. The more resilient we are, the happier life is.
We all have a capacity for learnt resilience. This also depends on the type of emotional and personal resources we acquire throughout our lives. This is in addition to whatever genetic component we have inherited. Some of this capacity will be determined by how we see ourselves when faced with adversity, frustration, and struggle. There is a lot of research that indicates that this variable genetic component can be worked on and improved on for a happier life.
Over the coming blogs, I’d like to discuss each of these in further depth.