Everyday health assessment: get your resilience score

Research shows that learning and adopting simple habits that are scientifically proven to improve resilience has a huge payoff: being more resilient means you’re better able to navigate life’s challenges from a place of strength and conviction. Resilience may also help you pre-empt and prevent adversities.

“The multitude of challenges we have had to face of late - from an unrelenting pandemic to inflation - has produced an enormous cognitive and emotional load that our brains aren't well equipped to lift,” says Everyday Health Wellness Advisory Board member Amit Sood, MD, Executive Director of the Global Center for Resiliency and Well-Being and creator of Resilient Option.

Resilience can help lighten that load, help us better respond to these challenges, and bounce back quicker, he says.

Take the Everyday Health Resilience Assessment, developed with Dr. Sood, to find out what your resilience score is and to learn which skills you can develop to become your most resilient self.

If you just took the assessment, you've learned about nine skills, or attributes, that make you resilient. These attributes are rolled up into internal and external factors that build upon each other. Think of internal factors as skills we have or have learned, and skills we can better develop; they influence how you present yourself to the world, the relationships you have, and how you interact with others and with life. The internal and external factors work together.

Internal factors

Self-control - flexibility, the ability to cope, adaptability, acceptance, and willpower

Self-confidence - strength, self-reliance, determination, resourcefulness, perseverance, courage, optimism, and humor

External factors

Personal relationships - friends, loved ones, colleagues, and others

Purpose and meaning - things that motivate or inspire you

Communities and social support - your tribe, including people who can empathise with your circumstances at life’s challenging moments

These factors and the assessment are adapted from Sood and his team’s model of resilience, which has been validated and proven reliable through numerous clinical trials.