George Mason University’s Resilience Model

George Mason University’s Resilience Model represents the components of flourishing that we believe comprise a resilient human being. We believe that with the appropriate resources and support, a person can intentionally enhance each component in their own lives to build their resilience. Our resilience model was developed by the GMU’s Resilience Working group, a subset of individuals from the larger George Mason Well-Being University Learning Community dedicated to fostering resilience at Mason. We define resilience as enhancing the capacity for successful adaptation in the face of stress, challenge, and adversity. Explore the image below and click on the circles for more information. Click here for supplemental resources designed to support Mason’s resilience model.  These resilience resources can be used in workshops, classrooms, training programs, and other venues that promote learning and growth.


Positive emotions – positive emotions are a person’s brief responses when they interpret their current circumstances as good, pleasurable, or of good fortune. Positive emotions include joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe, and love.
Social support—social support is the degree to which a person feels they can rely on or turn to other people for support, advice, or encouragement.
Meaning in life – meaning in life is the extent to which a person feels their life is purposeful and how they make sense of their life and place within the world.
Coping – coping involves a person’s response to something distressing, including their ability to manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.
Physical well-being—physical well-being encompasses a person’s objective health (regular physical exercise, healthy diet, adequate sleep), and subjective health (how healthy they believe they are).