Hope and strength can be found around us and inside of us. From green grass rising out of dark asphalt to the stomp of our feet and power in our bodies, inspiration is here, if we tune in and pay attention.
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How Humor, Hope, and Gratitude Can Make You More Resilient

In a new monthly webinar series, Duke University psychiatrist and patient safety researcher Bryan Sexton shares practical tips for cultivating resiliency both personally and with your teams.

Gentle Practices for Renewal

For people who give a lot, it’s hard to receive. Harvard Graduate School of Education student Niharika Sanyal shares practices of acceptance and gratitude to support renewal within the health care community.

Planetary Health

Terry Tempest Williams is a writer, naturalist, activist, educator—and patient. In this fifth “Dispatch from the Desert,” Terry reflects on the interconnectedness of planetary health, the nature around us, and the disease we’re facing.

Holy Contagion

Terry Tempest Williams is a writer, naturalist, activist, educator—and patient. In this fourth “Dispatch from the Desert,” Terry shares the work of theologians Stephanie Paulsell and Howard Thurman and describes another kind of contagion: human dignity.

The Practical Psychologist: How to Cultivate Self-Compassion

In a new column, the Practical Psychologist is here to answer your mental health questions. This week: a 30-second exercise you can do right now to build more self-compassion.

What I'm Reading: The Art of Gathering

Meetings often default to logistics, platitudes, or maintaining norms, the Resiliency Center’s Megan Whitlock explains. By thinking of meetings as gatherings we can turn them into a powerful tool to bring about something every workplace needs more of: belonging.

Neuroplasticity: How to Use Your Brain’s Malleability to Improve Your Well-being

The brain is a highly active and malleable learning machine. Knowing that, we can develop strategies to improve well-being, like engaging in activities that are new and challenging. Resiliency Center Director Megan Call explains how to get started.

Learning to Be Mindful and Present in Most Moments

When life gets busy, it’s easy to forget what keeps us grounded and therefore more satisfied with life. Sydney Ryan reflects on the importance of making time for yourself and prioritizing what is important for you. She explains simple, deliberate actions that have made a difference in her work and her life.

Change Up Your Morning Safety Huddle to Promote Resilience

There were eyerolls when David Sandweiss, medical director at Primary Childrens’ rapid treatment unit, first rang mindfulness bells to begin the daily safety huddle. But he kept at it. His four-step process is now a resiliency-building morning ritual that any team can implement.

Practice Emotional PPE

We have personal protective equipment (PPE) for our body–but what about our mind? Huntsman Cancer Institute nurse educator Cassidy Kotobalavu leads training on the concept of emotional contagion–how good (and bad) emotions spread. Here are Cassidy’s expert tips (with slides) on managing emotional contagion in health care.

Improving Wellness: 40 Champions, 20 Projects, 12 Months of Progress

A year ago, University of Utah Health decided to tackle a major problem in health care today: burnout. Forty people – and their teams – spread across an enormous health system took on the challenge. We sat down with family physician and co-director of the Resiliency Center Amy Locke to learn about what works in improving faculty and staff wellness.

Wendy Hobson-Rohrer: Five More Tips For Faculty

We were amazed by the traffic to Ryan and Ellen’s post on advice for new faculty. So we were thrilled when pediatrician and Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Education Wendy Hobson-Rohrer asked to write a follow-up! She knows from experience that navigating a career in academic medicine is more jungle gym than ladder. Here's her top five tips for all faculty.