Think of resilience as a form of emotional and mental fitness against life stressors. Intense stress can test or even overwhelm us. Instead of allowing difficulties to drain their resolve, highly resilient people find a way to recover, switch course, and continue moving toward their goals.
Many factors — such as our genetics, earliest life experiences, how we regulate our emotions — can give us a clue into how well we cope. Some of these, unfortunately, cannot be modified. However, we can pick up various tools to build up the resilience to navigate life's volatility.