Becoming a Resilient Person - The Science of Stress Management

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Becoming a Resilient Person - The Science of Stress Management

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Everyone experiences adversity and stress at some level, whether it’s the pressure to perform in school or work, relationship problems, financial difficulties, or simply the number of tasks to do in a short period of time. All stress isn’t bad, but chronic stress can take its toll on our minds, bodies, and behavior. Research has shown that people can learn and use specific resilience skills (such as optimistic thinking, relaxation strategies, choosing one’s attention) and positive routines (good sleep, scheduling in fun, and so on) in order to better manage stress, bounce back quicker after a setback, be more effective in their academic and vocational pursuits, develop stronger relationships with others, be physically and mentally healthy, and be satisfied with their lives overall. In short, resilience is ordinary magic and can be learned. It does not necessarily mean that you have to be born resilient or get lucky in life.

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Everyone experiences adversity and stress at some level, whether it’s the pressure to perform in school or work, relationship problems, financial difficulties, or simply the number of tasks to do in a short period of time. All stress isn’t bad, but chronic stress can take its toll on our minds, bodies, and behavior. Research has shown that people can learn and use specific resilience skills (such as optimistic thinking, relaxation strategies, choosing one’s attention) and positive routines (good sleep, scheduling in fun, and so on) in order to better manage stress, bounce back quicker after a setback, be more effective in their academic and vocational pursuits, develop stronger relationships with others, be physically and mentally healthy, and be satisfied with their lives overall. In short, resilience is ordinary magic and can be learned. It does not necessarily mean that you have to be born resilient or get lucky in life.

The purpose of this course is to teach individuals the science behind becoming a resilient person. Stated simply, resilience is the ability to survive and thrive. Resiliency is not only about your ability to positively adapt in the face of adverse or challenging circumstances (that is, survive), but it is also about learning the positive skills, strategies and routines that enable you to live a happy, fulfilling, and meaningful life (in other words, thrive). This course gives you the permission to take care of yourself in order to effectively manage life stressors and do what matters most in life. 

By the end of this course, you will have learned about the knowledge and skills that you can apply in your life now and in the future to be a resilient person.

Course goal:

The goal for this course is to give you permission to take care of yourself and empower you to be a resilient person. A resilient person is someone who:

  • purposely strives to be as mentally and psychically healthy as possible,
  • possesses the confidence to effectively cope with and manage stressful situations,
  • is compassionate towards self and others,
  • demonstrates grit or perseverance even in the face of adversity, and
  • focuses on the positive and fulfilling aspects of life.

Course supporting objectives: When you complete this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe why ‘functioning from the inside out’ is critical to becoming a resilient, effective person
    • Explain the benefits of resilience and how the specific skills translate into optimizing social-emotional wellbeing and doing what matters most in life
  • Directly practice a variety of resilience skills in different aspects of your life, including but not limited to:
    • Mindfulness practices
    • Strategies to manage intense emotions
    • Activities that induce positive emotions
    • Clarifying important personal values (that is, what matters most) and committing to behaving consistent with them
    • Making health lifestyle choices that are cheap and readily available, yet promote well-being
  • Describe why ‘practicing’ and integrating resilience skills into one’s life is critical to making them a habit and becoming a resilient person
  • Develop a resilience plan that serves as a roadmap for your future
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 116 reviews
  • 107 completed
4 years, 9 months ago
This is another course that had dozens of reviews before the course started because people were freaking out that materials weren't available at the stroke of midnight the day the course started. The course is just wrapping up today, so don't put too much stock into reviews made more than a few weeks before now. I'll start by saying I don't normally take courses that aren't focused on technical topics like computing, math or science because I don't find many of them to be of practical use. When I saw a course entitled "Becoming a resilient person" I was quite skeptical because it sounded like the sort of fluff course you'd take to pad your schedule in college to raise your GPA. I decided to sign up for it anyway because the time commitment was minimal and I wanted to check out the first week's material to confirm my suspicions. Eight weeks later, I must say I'm glad I took this course. It discusses many important life topic... This is another course that had dozens of reviews before the course started because people were freaking out that materials weren't available at the stroke of midnight the day the course started. The course is just wrapping up today, so don't put too much stock into reviews made more than a few weeks before now. I'll start by saying I don't normally take courses that aren't focused on technical topics like computing, math or science because I don't find many of them to be of practical use. When I saw a course entitled "Becoming a resilient person" I was quite skeptical because it sounded like the sort of fluff course you'd take to pad your schedule in college to raise your GPA. I decided to sign up for it anyway because the time commitment was minimal and I wanted to check out the first week's material to confirm my suspicions. Eight weeks later, I must say I'm glad I took this course. It discusses many important life topics that affect happiness and wellbeing such as values, goals, mindfulness, gratitude, managing emotions, making therapeutic lifestyle choices and making meaningful social connections and takes time to give actionable advice for making positive changes in your life. On the technical side, the lecture videos are well organized, the instructor is always on screen and he delivers information clearly. The materiel is very accessible, so almost anyone could take this course. There are short, easy quizzes each week and homework that usually involves using what you've learned in your life or explaining concepts discussed in lecture to willing ear like a close friend or family member. Given the low time commitment required, this MOOC provides great value.  The forums were littered with posts about how the course helped people make positive changes in their lives. There's no guarantee you'll see any positive changes, but for an investment of 8-15 hours, you have a lot to gain and not much to lose.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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  • 55 completed
2 years, 2 months ago
Pretty nice course, which is almost fully meet my expectations, but still is missing some important point (I can't really recognize, what, but just feel it). The course looks at stress on different angles, and give a lot of practical information, but still a little bit more academic, that you would need, and a little less practical for changing your life. Still, I would clearly advice everybody interested in the topic to pass the course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 6 months ago
This course provides an excellent overview of the core components of becoming a resilient person and the content is presented in a clear, logical, and effective manner. The lectures are short and direct and one can get through the course quite quickly - but to truly benefit from the material one must dedicate to long term practice of the skills and techniques taught in the course. Therefore, do not expect to become resilient overnight, but rather use what is taught in the course to develop the habits and behaviors that will make you resilient over time. I highly recommend this course to everyone.
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Kris Steed

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 8 months ago
Very insightful course that really provided the tools I needed to go through a significant change in my life. Take this course if you want to become more self-aware and evaluate yourself from your core values outward.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 1 month ago
I highly recommend this course for anyone at any level. It was on par with what I have learned at public university and in holistic schools. The science supports the methods taught in this class.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 8 months ago
I have completed the course.The Course is an excellently crafted one with lot of very useful information. The materials and lecturers are highly beneficial for personal as well as professional life. Great appreciations for the instructors. However, EdX do not provide a certificate for this course. I did not understand the logic of this. How can you expect someone to spare their time to complete a course without an evidence of completion. EdX should provide a certificate for this course
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Abrar Al-Hameed

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 8 months ago
Take it. I f you know nothing about stress-management, you'll learn. If you know a lot, you'll become better. I'm really glad I took this course. I've felt positive changes, and that is a sign of success.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 8 months ago
This course was very thought provoking. With daily practice the advice shared can help you to overcome adversity and move you in a more positive direction. But it only works if you do.
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Jia Chen

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 9 months ago
This is my first course on edX and I enjoy it a lot. Clay is a perfect instructor with kind attitude, clear explain and sense of humor. I've been sharing the knowledge with my friends and applying the skills in daily life, which help me behave more rational rather than emotional. Thank you very much, Clay. I'll keep going for a better life.
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Herlinda García

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 9 months ago
For me the course couldn't have given me more because not, only did it give me knowledge. It helped me to get in contact with my life and with other people; thanks to the examples the language's difficulty was not a barrier to me. Thank you.
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8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 9 months ago
I thought the content was decent, wished there was more information or other things in the course as it was incredibly easy. I would have liked to learn more from the course. I did not care for the speaker as I could see him looking down reading from a script as a poorly presented prezi was active behind him during the entire 8 weeks. I did enjoy the course but I did not like how improvised it felt for such a topic. I would have liked a more active course with a teacher who understood the knowledge professionally.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 10 months ago
good courses they finish where it is good to star with : values clarification and commitment; it s good start.goud interpretion analyses and conclusions
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Lorrie B

8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
I enjoyed this course very much, but took it last year and have still not received mark or certificate.
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8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
only complaint is that i never received the certificate............... nothing else. the course itself is pretty good, easy to understand and follow.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 2 months ago
i think that's its great for me because it helped me with my assignments on HPE
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 6 months ago
I am 55, I really learned from this course. I started a new job and the one person that was upsetting the work environment; targeted me as the whipping girl. Not one of the 6 co-workers liked her. This course, helped me through a really hard time. May I say; the trouble maker quit; I have a $30. an hour job. Thanks to my new found skills from this course.
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6/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 6 months ago
Interesting subject and good programme. I think that frontal lesson with one teacher is not the best solution for a mooc course, even if the navigation through Prezi's slides contributed with some movement. I earned the certificate but after few months is still not available. I suggest to enrich the course - which I liked \- with some dialogs
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 9 months ago
I loved and enjoyed so much this course, it's really practical and really changed my life! I hope that you will soon start again because I've lots of friends that are interested in doing it! Thank you very much Clay,for changing my exitence!
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9/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 9 months ago
Highly recommendable. You will feel the benefits since the very first day! The course is perfectly structured, all the subjects are interesting, the "homework" fits perfectly and Clay is the ideal lecturer! Most likely I will redo it in a couple of years to recall all the tools!
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4/10 starsCompleted
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  • 10 completed
4 years, 9 months ago
I don't recommend this course. It doesn't present anything you wouldn't find elsewhere in a faster or better way. Videos are long with not a great content, presented in fairly boring school-like lecture way with boring prezi- presentations as a background. Topic 4/10 Class spirit/presentation 4/10 Entertaining 3/10
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 9 months ago
I am glad I attended that course. A really useful material and issues explained in a plain language. Crucial for everybody including wheelchaired people suffering from chronic diseases. Once again - big thanks!
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 7 months ago
Enjoyed the material. The course is well presented and organized. Very helpful mindful based practices. Professor and videos, all great.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 8 months ago
I liked this course very much. I find it really helpful - it gives you an explication and a summary of all the fundamental little changes that can lead you to a balanced, positive life. It makes you realize that you have the power to change the way you are living, and that you really can live according to the things that matter to you the most. Moreover, it provides you with simple and efficient material that can help you to bring the changes into practice.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 2 months ago
I very rarely take a course that offers no certificates, but this class was good enough and the subject matter important enough that I made an exception. The professor's speaking style is in itself stress-releasing, rare even among the various positive psychology-related MOOCs I've taken. This course takes little time and the value it gives to cultures that are overly stressed is well worth the time.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 8 months ago
a wonderful course on an important topic. many thanks to everyone involved in offering this valuable contribution to edx.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 8 months ago
I took this course in the midst of personal and family difficulties. Though I had trouble keeping up with the coursework as I juggled other responsibilities, Clay Cook was so encouraging to us about keeping up with the material, applying it and mastering it, that it helped me through my "times" more than anything else I might have attempted. The best indicator of the success of the course is how it helped me navigate my issues. For me, the class made me "resilient," and it was a great success. Looking forward to refresh the concepts soon! Thank you.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 8 months ago
I take this opportunity to thank Dr. C. Cook for the enthusiasm that he conveyed through the course on Resiliency. His common sense in presenting the options we all have to face a every day stresses in an mindful and educated way. It has opened for me a whole new perspective on life and it´s ups and down´s at age 70. Even though this was my first experience in an actual e-course, I have read many books on self improvement and self help such as Eckhart Tol, Mel Levine, Hart and others. To compare this on hand course with the information from books is a hands down winner from my perspective. I understood all concepts, I enjoyed every minute, I took notes to share with my children and grandchildren, even with friends. It has even given me a chance to really look in to my soul to re-evaluate my true values.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 9 months ago
I thought this was a terrific course taught by an instructor with passion for passing along information. Even in my 50's this prompted me to review and renew skills to be resilient. Or maybe it took me until my 50's to become resilient. Either was it was taught well and with a great deal of thoughtfulness. Thank you. Don't skip the recap in section 8. It is terrific..
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 9 months ago
I've been auditing a courses on edX for a while now. There are many great courses, this is definitely one of those. Informative, practical, just great...
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 9 months ago
Great Course...especially if you are interested in exploring the 'interior frontier'. Found it well thought out and loved the way Clayton Cook presented the course...Appreciated the points of view expressed...which led me to explore even more on my own...Good supportive staff too! Fun joining the Discussions and seeing the way students could help each other.
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