Secrets of those who have thrived through the pandemic
The ‘silver linings’ of life during a global pandemic have been anecdotally reported since the early stages of Covid-19. When it comes to publishing facts and figures, the headlines have focused on the mental health fallout and stress-related challenges of life during these times.
Adversity put simply, is a ‘difficult or unpleasant situation’, and we have all been faced with adverse circumstances during the pandemic to varying degrees. The virus has challenged our capacity to respond to a crisis on a global scale, testing the resilience of individuals, economies, medical systems and society as a whole. Surviving adversity is about coping well, meeting basic needs and maintaining health – whereas thriving incorporates self-development, reflection and growth.
“In contrast to resilience which can be conceptualised as ‘bouncing back’ from a stressful event, post-traumatic growth has been described as bouncing-forward.”
– Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand –
By learning from what science and research have revealed about those who have coped or, better still, thrived through the pandemic, we by no means discount the widespread loss of loved ones, businesses, and personal freedoms. Assessing the positive consequences of the pandemic provides a valuable lens into positive psychology practices and effective strategies for overcoming adversity and growing from the experience.