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. Resilience is the capacity for successful adaptation in the face of stress, challenge, and adversity.

We at Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being believe that with the appropriate resources and support, individuals, communities, and organizations can intentionally build their resilience in each of the resilience domains. Our resilience model was developed by Mason’s Resilience Working group, a subset of individuals from the larger George Mason Well-Being University Learning Community dedicated to fostering resilience at Mason.

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 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 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 involves a person’s response to something distressing, including their ability to manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.

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).

Self-Paced Resilience Learning Modules

For short self-paced learning modules on resilience, visit: Here are links to each learning module:

Best Possible Self:

Committing to Action:

Gratitude Journaling:

Life Narrative:



Strengths Knowledge and Use:

Why Embrace Stress?:


Also see our TedTalk Modules on Resilience: