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The word “resilience,” which is frequently used in connection with good mental health, is actually a borrowing from engineering, where it refers to an object’s or substance’s capacity to regain its original form. Similar to how a physical object would need to be strong and flexible in order to recover, a person also needs to have these qualities in order to be mentally resilient. A similar idea is mental toughness, which is the capacity to maintain strength in the face of adversity and to maintain your focus and resolve regardless of the challenges you face. A person who has a strong mental fortitude sees difficulty and adversity as opportunities rather than threats, and they have the assurance and outlook to deal with whatever comes their way. You must possess some level of resilience in order to be mentally tough, but not all resilient people are necessarily mentally tough. If you think of it as a metaphor, mental toughness might be one of the strategies for scaling that mountain, while resilience would be the mountain. It helps to frame the distinction in terms of the maxim “survive and prosper.” You can survive and thrive with resilience and mental toughness, respectively. The first step in developing mental toughness is making the decision to observe your thoughts and feelings without personally associating with them. then mustering the will to think positively about the current circumstance. It takes commitment and self-awareness to develop mental toughness, just like it does to develop mental strength. In general, those with stronger mental fortitude seem to achieve more and feel happier than those with weaker mental fortitude.

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