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Mindset Matters Module

What is Resilience?

The ability to bounce back when things go wrong (Ackerman, 2019).

Bouncing back

“‘Bouncing back’ is what we do when we face disappointment, defeat, and failure, but instead of wallowing or letting things keep us down, we get back up and continue on with our lives” (Ackerman, 2019)


There are many definitions of resilience but all of them seem to have in common the idea of having a positive response to failure or adversity (Perkins-Gough, 2013).

Why is resilience important?

  • “Greater resilience leads to improved learning and academic achievement” (Ackerman, 2019).
  • Resilience positively impacts physical and mental health (Ackerman, 2019).


Ackerman, C. (2019). What is resilience and why is it important to bounce back?

Duckworth, A. (2019). Grit scale.

Duckworth, A. L., Peterson, C., Matthews, M. D., & Kelly, D. R. (2007). Grit: Perserverance and passion for long-term goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92(6), 1087-1101.

The Learning Lab. (2018, June 26). A lesson on resilience [Video file]. YouTube.

Perkins-Gough, D. (2013). The significance of grit: A conversation with Angela Lee Duckworth.

TED. (2013, May 9). Grit: The power of passion and perseverance - Angela Lee Duckworth [Video file]. YouTube.