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Resilience means the personal and community qualities that enable us to rebound from adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or other stresses - and to go on with life with a series of mastery, competence, and hope.

We now understand from research that resilience is fostered by a positive childhood and includes positive individual traits, such as optimism, good problem-solving skills, and treatments.

Closely knit communities and neighborhoods are also resilient, providing supports for their members.

President's New Freedom Commission.  2003