Personal Growth & Resilience

One of the important characteristics of a Jesuit education is the magis, from the Latin word for the ‘more’ or the ‘greater.’ As James Martin, S.J. says in The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life, “When you work, give your all…” The resources below give you more so you can live the Jesuit magis towards a fully thriving GU experience in wellness and in health.

Whether you're seeking resources for yourself or for a friend, remember that part of being in community, especially at a Jesuit institution, is the call for us to engage in conversations and dialogues around these topics. We hope you will use this Wellness Toolbox as a way to learn more about concerns Zags often face in order to reduce stigma and create open dialogue around those challenges.

To seek magis by learning more about Personal Growth & Resilience, see the resources below:

M – Meaning and Description

Learn more about Personal Growth & Resilience

A - Apps and Downloads

Apps and downloads that can help you strengthen your Resilience

G - Great Resources

Articles, handouts, worksheets and other resources to help you grow and increase Resilience

I - Interactive Media

Video, audio, and podcasts to help you understand and strengthen Resilience

S - Supporting a Friend

Information and resources for how to help a friend who is struggling with Resilience


M – Meaning and Description

Whether it's overcoming obstacles, setting new goals, or identifying areas for self-improvement, we all have opportunities to grow. We've gathered a number of tools and resources to help you achieve that growth and increase your personal resilience.

From the American Psychological Association

From the University of Texas Counseling and Mental Health Center

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A – Apps and Downloads

This is just a sampling of apps available to support you as you work on any areas of Personal Growth or Resilience. On-campus and off-campus resources are also available to help support you with any concerns you may have in this area.

GPS for the Soul - GPS for the Soul is based on two truths: that we all have within us a centered place of harmony and balance, and that we all veer away from that place again and again.

Free on iTunes

Happier - Helps you stay more present and positive throughout the day. Use it like your personal mindfulness coach--use it to life your mood, take a quick meditation pause, or capture and savor the small happy moments that you find in your day.

Free on Android and iTunes

Happify - How you feel matters. Whether you're feeling sad, anxious and stressed, or you're dealing with constant negative thoughts, Happify brings you effective tools and programs to take control of your emotional well-being.

Free on Android and iTunes

Coach.Me - Free tracking tools to help you set and achieve goals. Review your progress and celebrate milestones you achieve.

Free on Android and iTunes

Unstuck - An in-the-moment digital coach that's ready any time you're feeling stuck. Offers digital tools and content to help you get from stuck to unstuck, no matter what the challenge may be.

Free on Android and iTunes

Notes to Self - Doing a few simple things to boost positivity each day can go a long way towards feeling happier and more optimistic about life. A daily gratitude journal that lets you collect all your positive thoughts in one place.

Free on iTunes

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G - Great Resources

Reflections on Rejections - "At some point in your life, you have been, or will be, rejected." Abigail Lipson's compilation of personal stories of rejections and the opportunities that sprung from those rejections can help you see the silver lining in any rejection.

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times - A collection of talks given by author Pema Chödrön, the book is a treasury of wisdom for going on living when we are overcome by pain and difficulties. 

The Three Components of Self-Care - College can be stressful. Good self-care is key to staying resilient. Learn the three components of self-care in order to manage that stress.

The Success-Failure Project - From Harvard University, the mission of the Success-Failure Project is to create opportunities for discussion, reflection, understanding, and creative engagement regarding issues of success and failure.

Are You a Perfectionist? - Do you feel that what you accomplish is never good enough? Do you feel that you must give 100 percent or more on everything you do or else you will be a failure? Do you feel you must be the best - student - athlete - friend? If this sounds like you or a friend, learn more about the difference between searching for excellence and searching for perfect.

Blocks to Taking in the Good - We can all experience blocks to taking in the good in our life. This resource reviews some of the blocks you might be experiencing and ways you can address them.

Values Assessment Worksheet - Your purpose in life has a lot to do with what kind of impact you want to make in the world and the way you want to live. This is clarified and defined by your values. By taking a moment to define those values, you can begin to build life balance around what's truly important to you.

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I – Interactive Media (videos, audio, podcasts)

Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve - Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet?

The Science of Happiness - This six-part BBC series looks at the newest research from around the world to find out what could it be that makes us happy.

Every Person Has Infinite Worth - From Dr. Kent Hoffman, Gonzaga Faculty: each of us carries within the gift of infinite worth. Find out what that means for us to walk in relationship with others with a new sense of interconnectedness.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance - Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.

Jessica's Daily Affirmation - Need a pep talk? Try Jessica's morning affirmation.

Getting Stuck in the Negatives - This talk is all about understanding how people think, and how they can think better. Learn how certain ways of thinking about an issue tend to stick in people's heads.

How to Make Stress Your Friend - Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

The Surprising Science of Happiness - Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.

The Habits of Happiness - What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.

J.K. Rowling on Failure - From J.K. Rowling's Harvard commencement speech about failure, not losing hope, and continuing on to pursue your dreams.

Randy Pausch's Last Lecture - In his moving presentation, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

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S – Supporting a Friend

Tips on How to Help a Friend - When we’re having a hard time, the first place most of us turn is to family and friends. If you have friends who have come to you for help, we've got tips to help you with those conversations.

What Do I Say? - Having difficult conversations with friends is never easy. This is a quick resource to help you find the right words.

Refer Form - This is one way you can share that you are concerned about a student. Someone from the Center for Cura Personalis, or their designee, will reach out to provide the student with support and resources.

Campus Resources List - There are so many resources available on campus to support Gonzaga students. The campus resources we have available can support you at each phase in their journey. This page includes list of commonly used resources, including contact information and a little information about what each office does.

Campus Resources Matrix - If you still aren't sure which office might be the best place to go, take a look at our which identifies offices that can help with specific questions or concerns.

What is CCP? - This video shares more about the Center for Cura Personalis, which serves students in many ways including through proactive outreach and educational programs about healthy choices and interventions for students who may be struggling.

What is Health & Counseling? - Health & Counseling Services functions as your private physician's office and counseling center. Learn more about the services available through this office.

What To Expect - This video gives an overview of what to expect when scheduling and coming in for your first visit at the Center for Cura Personalis or Health & Counseling Services.

Community Resources - In addition to the great resources available on campus, there are a number of resources available in the Spokane community to assist you with your personal well-being while you are at Gonzaga.

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The contents of this page are not intended to diagnose, treat, or provide a second opinion on any health issue. This information is not a substitute for the services of medical professionals; users should consult a health care provider for specific medical advice. Links to external websites are provided solely for the convenience of users. These sites are not managed by Gonzaga University and the organization assumes no responsibility for their content.