We all experience failure, but scientists say that how we handle setbacks determines our future successes. These resources, curated from around the web, draw from the positive psychology movement; featured thinkers include Martin Seligman, Guy Winch, and Angela Duckworth, among others. These articles and videos will help inspire you to learn from your failures and even succeed because of them (not in spite of them).
Failing Forward…with Science
It takes courage to try again after a failure. In these resources, you'll learn how to overcome your fear and, with the help of experts like Guy Winch, practice emotional first aid.
Angela Duckworth, MacArthur “genius” grant winner, researcher, author, and professor at the University of Pennsylvania, talks about grit: a special blend of resilience and single-mindedness that helps people recover from failure and thrive in spite of it. This section includes her seminal TED Talk and a test where you can measure your own grittiness.
Martin E.P. Seligman is the director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and author of "Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being." His work focuses on resilience, the ability to cope with whatever life throws at you. This section includes an article from Dr. Seligman and link to the test center at the University of Pennsylvania's department of Authentic Happiness.
Learning from your mistakes is a key part of recovering from failure. Each of these articles walks you through actual steps, backed up by science, to recover from failure.