Resilience is the ability for a community to come back from a crisis. For example, when 9/11 occurred, the United States had to come together as a country and recover from the incident. If Americans did not unite after 9/11, the country would have basically fallen apart. According to The American Psychological Association there are ten ways to build resilience:
- Make connections
- Avoiding seeing crisis as insurmountable problems
- Accept that change is a part of living
- Move toward your goals
- Take decisive action
- Look for opportunities for self-discovery
- Nurture a positive view
- Maintain a hopeful outlook
- Take care of yourself
- Additional ways of strengthening resilience may be helpful
Although these steps are meant for individuals, they can easily be applied to communities. For example, if people in a community do not have connections with one another, they will not feel compelled to work together and solve whatever issues they may be facing. Another step says to take decisive action. We all have been in a situation where no one will make a decision. It become counter productive and nothing ever gets solves. People need to be willing to make hard choices, while keeping in mind what is good for the community. A third step says to maintain a hopeful outlook. It is important for the people involved in the tragedy to keep their hope. Without it, people begin to give up.
Above is a list of six important steps in maintaining resilience. By having these six domains, a community should be able to come together and recover. Community members need to remember all the above mentioned steps to keep increase resilience. A community that keeps these steps in mind will be better prepared to come back from a disaster or crisis.