Study Reveals Unusual Insight into Building Resilience

A new study has found that personal resilience is highly linked to commitment and service to a wider community.

Lead author, Dr Jill Hayhurst, said: “There’s a growing body of evidence that shows civic engagement is not just good for the people we are helping, but also for our own well-being.

“This research shows that one way to ensure we are able to confront challenges or adversity in our future is by getting involved in your community, volunteering, or helping a neighbour.”

The study was carried out by the University of Otago in New Zealand and referenced the role serving the community had in the aftermath of the recent Christchurch attacks.

Dr Hayhurst added: “Contributing to society and supporting our own well-being are two sides of the same coin — by being engaged and contributing we bolster our well-being and become more resilient.”

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