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Resilience: Stacking the Odds for Wellness

Your Guide to Building Resilience

Everyday life may present challenges, but we may better manage day-to-day difficulties by learning tools to enhance resilience.

We build resilience — the ability to bounce back from hard times and step forward with hope — through intention and practice. In this course, you’ll learn what it means to be resilient and how you may cultivate it in yourself.

The course is presented in individual lessons. Proceed at your own pace, try out the suggestions, and return as often as you wish.

Building resilience can provide tools for managing tough day-to-day situations, but our responses to difficulties are influenced by different factors. Sometimes, those factors involve health concerns that require professional diagnosis and attention. This course is not a substitute for medical or mental health diagnosis or care.


  • Dr. Jody Horstman, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist, clinical addiction counselor, and CPG Steps to Wellness faculty
  • Krishna Dholakia, Director, Health & Wellness Education, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Health Coach, and Yoga Instructor


Approximately 15 minutes per section


Stacking the Odds for Wellness: Course Introduction

Not sure if this course is for you? Start here. You’ll find an overview of the crucial role resilience may play in our lives, and meet your guide for this course, Jody Horstman, Ph.D. Using a brief video explanation and some quick interactions, this short segment offers a helpful way to begin.

A Healthier You: Build Your Resilience with Sleep, Nutrition, Activity, and Play

Did you know that a good night’s sleep and a healthy snack are two simple ways to help build your resilience? Here, you’ll explore some surprising benefits using four routes to better health: Sleep, Nutrition, Activity, and Play.

The Power of “We”: The Real Impact of Relationships

Is it healthier to be a loner or have a bevy of friends? The answer lies in the quality of our relationships. Find out how the connections you have to the people in your life are linked to well-being.

How to Manage Stressful Situations: Learning to Regulate Your Emotions

Managing emotions in tense or difficult situations can depend on how we handle the first eight seconds of an emotionally charged encounter. Learn effective strategies for dialing down drama and responding to challenges in intentional ways.

Practicing Gratitude: The Change that Happens with “Thank You”

When we thread our lives with gratefulness, we may better respond to life’s difficulties with resilience. Learn about the change that happens with “Thank You.”

Have You Thought of This? How Your Thinking Can Shape Your Life

Do you externalize, personalize, jump to conclusions, believe you can read other people’s minds? Our thinking has a decisive impact on how we respond to difficult situations. Learn to use your thinking to help shape your life in a positive way.

Yes, I Can! Using Self-efficacy to Empower Your Best Self

When we believe in our ability to handle life’s challenges, that sense of capability may help us succeed. Here, you’ll learn to use self-efficacy to help empower your best self.

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