Critical, and sometimes life-altering, situations can happen that throw us totally off kilter: losing one's job, developing a serious illness (oneself or a loved one), or natural disasters such as floods, paralyzing snow and/or ice storms, hurricanes or tornadoes. How well we weather these devastating, out of our control circumstances depends on the strength of our resiliency.
Resilience, as defined by the American Psychological Association, is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress. It is the ability to "bounce back" after a major disruption in our lives.
Yet, there is another realm of situations, also out of our control, which we sometimes allow to get to us -- traffic jams, the dog in the neighborhood that barks at everything or getting stuck behind a school bus making its route stops. (Read full blog at The Huffington Post and AOL Healthy Living)