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How good are you at bouncing back? Take the quiz!

When faced with a crisis, some of us bounce back just like a fully inflated ball while others of us hit the ground with a thud and stay there, totally deflated.
Bouncing Back

How good are you at bouncing back?

Take this non-scientific quiz to find out!

Let’s hear how you did in the comments section.



When confronted with a crisis, I usually start working on a solution right away rather than first just hoping it will go away.

I don’t worry too much about the future.

I am not embarrassed to tell my friends and family when something bad has happened to me.

Every time a crisis occurs, I can easily remember that I’ve made it through bad things before.

When something bad happens in my life, I don’t spend a lot of time wishing I had done something differently or thinking constantly about the bad thing.

I often think about what I’ve learned from a crisis after it’s passed.

When I get stuck in traffic and am going to be late for an appointment, I am very calm rather than frustrated and stressed.

I write a gratitude list at least once a week about the things I’m grateful for.

When something bad happens, I prefer to be around others rather than withdrawing and being by myself.

I’m not very hard on myself most of the time.

I think it’s okay to occasionally smile and laugh when something really bad has happened.

I have a go-to person - like a mentor – when a crisis occurs in my life.

I don’t tend to get stuck in the past.

It’s easy for me to believe that a crisis or catastrophe in my life can be a good thing.

When a crisis happens, I come up with a lot of different solutions rather than just freezing.



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Infographic – 30 Things to start doing for yourself

I love this infographic. What’s great about doing these things for yourself is that each and every one of these helps to build your resilience. Put one or more together and your ability to bounce back in life will increase even more quickly. Print the infographic out and stick it on your fridge, mirror, or […]

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6 ideas to help you bounce out of depression

Note: This is a guest post by blogger and author David Ramos.   The phone rang. I lifted my head up off the tear-soaked pillow and searched for the phone under a mess of tissues and blankets. Hello, I said, doing my best to sound as if I hadn’t just finished crying. Hey man, how […]

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Knowing this one thing about yourself can change your life

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy fix for problems? Some little thing you could do that would help you bounce back in a big way from a rough patch in your life? Occasionally, there is. Here are a couple stories from my private practice (names and identifying details have been changed) of people […]

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15 easy tips to bounce back from everyday frustrations

Your gossipy co-worker cornering you in the break room. Finding yourself in an unexpected traffic jam on the only day you have a meeting first thing in the morning. Getting another notice of your unpaid telephone bill even though you paid it two weeks ago. Being placed on hold again by the customer service department of […]

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Need more self-esteem? 5 reasons why you really don’t.

“If I only had more self-esteem, I would be completely happy,” my young client declared as we discussed her goals for therapy. Internally, I heaved a big sigh. “Okay,” I responded, “Let’s explore self-esteem . . .” What happened to self-esteem’s cred? Remember when parents and teachers were encouraged to make sure children developed healthy […]

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How to be strong: Grow down

I’ve been thinking about this idea for several months. Usually, posts near the end of the year have to do with reflecting back upon the year that was or talk about planning for how the upcoming year will be bold, wonderful, and groundbreaking for you. I hope your year is bold, wonderful, and groundbreaking for […]

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