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About the Course

We are all facing different and difficult challenges as we confront the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to support you in this time of uncertainty, the University of Pennsylvania is sharing this free and unique version of Dr. Karen Reivich’s “Resilience Skills” course from the Specialization Foundations of Positive Psychology. Learn how to incorporate resilience interventions into your personal and professional life with Dr. Karen Reivich. In this course, you are exposed to the foundational research in resilience, including protective factors such as mental agility and optimism. Several types of resilience interventions are explored including cognitive strategies; strategies to manage anxiety and increase positive emotions such as gratitude; and a critical relationship enhancement skill. Throughout the course, you will hear examples of individuals using resilience skills in their personal and professional lives....

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May 10, 2020

The topics are like tools very handy. It provides both skills that can be very helpful both on negative and positive emotions. The discussions and examples were clearly explain.Good Job.Keep it up!!

Jun 1, 2020

Excellent course on resilience skills in a time of uncertainty. It has helped me learnt many skills useful to face real life challanges. Thank you Coursera and team for developing such a nice course

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By robert w

Mar 31, 2021

I enjoyed taking this course. It is helping me to gain insight into my thinking traps and how I can reevaluate my beliefs about situations so I can view things that happen in a more positive way. This helps me to be more resilient and happier. I have reinforced my belief that gratitude is important to appreciate what I do have and to not concern myself with what I don't have or what others have that I might not. I have learned to be more mindful about what is happening in my environment and about what thoughts I am choosing to think about the things that are happening or have happened to me. This helps me to be less judgmental about people and situations and to be more relaxed and compassionate to myself and others.


Jun 29, 2020

A very helpful course which taps into topics like gratitude and optimism and offers useful tips and solutions as how to improve your well being and relationships through self awareness. I enjoyed the style of delivery as it talks about the theory and also shares the insights and experiences of guest speakers to elaborate on them. The course has also given me a new perspective on how to zoom out and see situations and circumstances on a wider scale without falling into the traps that I've long been accustomed to. Resiliency isn't only reflected through perseverance, but also through flexibility and mental agility; something new I've learned.

By Natalie T

Jun 2, 2020

Hi Karen, Thank your for the opportunity to do the workshop (note: attempt at gratitude here :). It was wonderful to have access for free content of such high standard. I have a much better understanding of resilience and the material was presented in such a way I could never have pulled together myself even if I had read all the references. Congratulations Karen on your engaging style and they way you presented your whole self - drawing on personal examples - making it feel like you were in my lounge room having a coffee with me! This workshop has been pivotal in my work as a coach to Navy personnel in Australia. Thanks again

By Mary S

May 17, 2020

Provided great examples and explanations in the videos, relevant coursework and materials, and overall really helped me understand resilience skills, positive emotions like gratitude, science behind gratitude and optimism, and character strengths! What is great about this course is that it really pushed me to be more self-aware of my tendencies and what I can do to improve my cognitive processes/strengthen meaningful relationships with my loved ones. I also enjoyed how I could reflect on real-life experiences and put together a "program" for myself about the skills that I can use to combat negative thoughts/emotions.

By Ian R

Mar 8, 2021

This was an excellent course. First of all, I loved Karen's style of presentation which was well-paced and relaxed but at the same time packed a load of practical knowledge and understanding. The role-play demonstrations and short tasks helped reinforce the key ideas. I was aware of some the subject matter already but here it was presented in such a structured and practical way that is immediately useable. It really helped me to put some of my pre-existing knowledge into useful practice. I would recommend this course to everyone.

One minor point. I would have liked the quizzes to have been a bit longer.

By Donna V W

May 24, 2020

This course was tremendously helpful during a challenging time in our country's history and in my professional & personal life. I was able to implement the knowledge gained almost immediately. It also helped build my optimism,gratitude & joy. Dr. Reivich's delivery and candor was refreshing and kept me engaged.

I did regret that there did not appear to be many students responding to each other in the forums. It was a pleasure to see people writing from around the world. And it would be great to have the chance to get CEU's for the course if we paid a small fee.

Thank you! This was quite wonderful!

By Melissa P

May 12, 2020

This is a comprehensive overview of the science behind positive psychology, delivered in user-friendly, digestible, short videos. This really shed some light on a few tricky areas of my life, gave me new perspective on some of my own behaviors, how my own character strengths serve me and why my strengths can also sometimes act as a hindrance. It gave practical advice about how to recognize these situations to reconsider my own thoughts and responses. It reinforced the importance of the practice of mindfulness. I highly recommend this course to anybody that is looking for ways to continue to impr

By Wendy W

Feb 8, 2021

Dr Karen was very engaging . Her strengths were that she integrated personal testimonies to make the information she was teaching provide deeper clarity. In addition she integrated role playing to demonstrate the concepts she was emphasizing in her lessons. She was emphatic, and clear in teaching every point. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in understanding resiliency and how your own life can be more resilient. It was most worthwhile. Many sincere thanks, Wendy Weinstein (retired art teacher who does therapeutic art with traumatic teens)

By Hongrui M

Sep 10, 2020

When I first enrolled for this course, I thought I knew some of this resilience stuff already and was good at most of it - I meant for it to be just a refresher. Once I started I actually couldn't stop! I was fascinated by the scientific approach that the course took, with lots of academic evidence as well as real-life examples, many of which were the instructor's own. The course was also very well structured with a clear flow of logic, and yet each module on its own delivers unique value. I would highly recommend this course to others, whichever stage they may be at in their life.

By Lisa C

Sep 16, 2020

Dr. Reivich built a very powerful and especially relevant given these times class, delivering it in an interesting, easy to understand way, and designing it so it was realistic to complete in a reasonable time frame. I especially appreciated that she shared personal insights and stories as examples, which added a layer of authenticity. The class introduced me to two books on the subject (Dr. Reivich's and Dr. Fredrickson's) which I read in parallel. Thank you for a great experience and the short and long term benefits that applying this new knowledge to my life will provide.

By Ulrike H

Nov 9, 2020

Ich fand den Kurs sehr gut konzipiert. Ein Teil baute auf das nächste auf. Durch die Beispielsketchs wurde der theoretische Inhalt klar. Die Übungen auf die eigene Person bezogen geben mir unmittelbar einen Nutzen für mein Leben. Durch die persönlichen Beispiele von Karen Reveich wurde eine angenehme Beziehung geschaffen. Insgesamt: ich bin froh, an dem Kurs teilgenommen zu haben. Leider fehlt mir durch mangelnde Sprachkenntnis manchmal 'das Feinverständnis', was sich im Quiz bemerkbar gemacht hat. Herzlichen Dank an alle Beteiligten!

By penny

Oct 6, 2020

It was really great topic and you can get very useful knowledge for your everyday life! It helped me to change the way I perceive many situations in my life and change my behavior, improve the quality of my relationships and communication with others. I strongly recommend it!

Karen was so great and the way she speaks and explain was fantastic, even for me, where my native language is not English. Thank you Karen!!

The pay role presentations and the various videos were also great to understand better the subject.

Thank you Coursera!!

By Thomas N

Jan 8, 2021

The course has without a doubt improved my interpersonal relationships skills. I didn't realize how big a joy killer I was until my participation in the course. Now, I can confidently say, I am a joy multiplier. Thanks to the program. The knowledge of the thinking traps and the art of cultivating attitude of gratitude were very helpful just as identifying my signature strengths was. Going forward, I will endeavor to exhibit positive emotions no matter the challenges I am facing.

The course instructor was simply fantastic. Many thanks.

By Saundarya A

May 31, 2020

I totally loved the way Miss. Karen taught each and every topic in detail. I will definitely try to apply the skills in my daily routine and try to become a better person for others as well as for myself. You enlightened very important aspects of life to keep up a good relationship, deal with anxiety, thinking traps, optimism and gratitude. These are really important values to lead a better life and I totally appreciate your effort in spreading the message to us, who might not have given so much importance to these topics.

By Marian V M

May 17, 2020

I learned some very useful skills that I can use in my psychotherapy practice as well as in my own life. I am planning to learn more about the skill of optimism and how it can help us during uncertain and challenging times. Particularly, I was interested in the practice of finding the "silver lining" or opportunity in a difficult situation. I am also learning how developing a sense of gratitude helps me get out of my dark mood about a situation and remember the blessings in my life. This was a really helpful course.

By Hilleke v O

May 18, 2020

This was a really wonderful course. Dr Reivich is an enthusiastic, open, intelligent and interesting presenter and I really really enjoyed learning from her. The personal sharing helped to bring home some of the key messages and encouraged me to think more honestly about my own behaviours. So I'm taking a lot of lessons away from this course and am inspired to make changes that can improve the way I live my life and the relationships I have with family, friends colleagues and strangers. Thank you so much.

By Tina

Apr 26, 2020

I think this course is excellent, timely and easy to understand. Very well presented. I found the practice very beneficial and challenging at times and made me think.

Very useful skills for everyone and it has helped not only myself but also my family and friends.

It is very generous to share the information and I am personally very grateful. Has made a big difference with living in COVID 19 times of uncertainty which comes with the Inevitable ups and downs of life.

Heartfelt thank you


By balaji

May 13, 2020

As an executive coach, I was looking to add knowledge about Resilience to my coaching skills. During my search, I found this program and I enrolled in it right-away. I must admit that it was a fantastic learning experience. This is my first online learning program and i am so glad that i began with this one. Dr. Karen Reivich is a wonderful teacher, she said that this is her first MOOC and I must say that she was awesome with her explanatory style. Thank you so much for your effort.

By Jacqueline C

May 31, 2020

Really enjoyed this course. It is very relevant to what is going on right now but also useful overall just for everyday life experiences. It touched on many areas that I would like to learn more about. The great thing about this course is that the strategies discussed can be used immediately. This course helped me to do something positive for myself in a time when I don't feel like I have a lot of control over many things. Thank you for making this available without cost.

By Trina O

Mar 7, 2021

Karen, I enjoyed listening to you (and your fun accent) and I think this course was short enough and engaging enough to help me strengthen my relationships. I tend to catastrophize and waste my vivid imagination on dozens of outcomes that never come to fruition. I want to get away from that. I turned 50 last year during the pandemic and dammit, I want to feel like the grown-up that I obviously am and step up and be the friend, wife, person I know I can be. Thank you so much.

By Yoas L

Jun 1, 2020

This course is really useful. We can learn to be an optimist by knowing why and how we can become a pessimist. Many lessons we can get in experiences from many experts about thinking traps, catastrophizing, other challenges and how they overcome those things. This course also reminds and helps us to identify and leverage our character strengths, have a positive emotion, and become a better person in a relationship. This course is really good for improving ourselves.

By Shailesh S

Apr 26, 2020

Very useful course, teaching us various aspects and giving us useful tools, tips to practice and help ourselves in real life. Professor seems very knowledgeable and her teaching style/delivery is effective. Content is good. I wish the quizzes were more elaborate. And, maybe a peer graded assignment to make us actually take concrete steps/actions applying to some situation in our life would have helped more. Thank you to everyone involved in making this course.

By Phuong N L

Nov 22, 2020

Excellent course! Chockfull of learning nuggets that we can apply right away in our lives. Prof Reivich is a natural at this - very engaging and authentic (thank you for sharing with us your own personal challenges, which made the lessons even more real for me). Just the right amount of content, both theoretical and practical. I am so glad that I took this course and will try to create similar course for the young people I am working with. Thank you so much!

By Tonya G

Jun 1, 2020

Great practical application of research for any one to learn to grow their resilience. The course was well-laid out and the prompts and activities were great practice to bring the knowledge and research to our own lives. I appreciate the challenge to deep dive in at least one of the subjects covered in the course. This is a skill which everyone could benefit and should build because it will help make our community, society and world better as a whole.

By Myrna C C O

Jun 28, 2020

Estoy muy contenta de haber tomado este curso me ha sido muy útil durante este mes, completamente practico y será una herramienta que mejorara mi calidad de vida y todas mis relaciones interpersonales. muchísimas gracias.

I am very happy of have taken this course, it has been very useful to me during this month, completely practical and it will be a tool that will improve my quality of life and all my interpersonal relationships. many thanks.