Sometimes our greatest hardships in life can bring about positive changes. Can you think of one? Maybe you came through a painful divorce and learned some valuable relationship skills? Maybe a natural disaster caused you and your neighbors to pull together? Maybe a job loss lead you to go to school to improve your skills?

Research suggests that bad events can sometimes transform us in good ways. And that good may help us gain more resilience. It may instill a sense of hope. It may help us to cope and better accept life’s hardships in the future.