Rub A Little Dirt On It (You & Your Health)

Have you ever heard anyone say “rub a little dirt on it” or “walk it off?” That old-school way of thinking was often said by parents to teach their kids about overcoming adversity….a sort of “resilience.”

Arizona State University (ASU) is now looking at how resiliency may help people live healthier lives. From an article on the ASU website:

Talk to 10 doctors or academics and you’ll get 10 different definitions of what the word “resilience” means.

One might say it is the ability to bounce back from adversity. Another might argue it has to do with self-discovery.

What they all can agree on is that resilience is a key ingredient to health and wellness, and that the concept needs to be implemented into their areas of practice.


ASU and the Mayo Clinic recently held a forum together called “The Art and Science of Resilience” and the Mayo Clinic has a featured article on its website called “resilience training.”

A recent study at Penn State University concluded that “reacting positively to stressful situations may play a key role in long-term health.” In Australia, there are resilience classes to help people cope with mental health issues – and WebMD offers 10 tips to help people overcome obstacles and become more resilient.

There seems to be a growing belief that our ability to be resilient is tied to a happier, healthier life. And it’s encouraging to know that much of that research is being done right here in Arizona. Let us know what you think. Your input is key to our goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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