Resilient people are happier with themselves.

A 2009 study followed 450 older adults for almost 7 years and found that people who scored high on perfectionism were more likely to die. “Perfectionism” is a refusal to accept any standard short of perfection, and is associated with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and suicide.

Resilient people have a healthy relationship with themselves and feel complete, just as they are. In other words, they accept themselves, warts and all.

In a survey of more than 8,000 adults, 96% of those with strong resilience said they were friends with themselves and accepted themselves and their lives versus only 43% of those with lower resilience.


Next: Resilient people are typically better employees.


What is Resilience? Live longer | Are more likely to achieve success | Tend to respond better to stress | Manage chronic illness more effectively | Are less depressed | Are happier with themselves | Are typically better employees | Are physically healthier | Thrive | What you can do to build resilience