'What doesn't break you makes you stronger.' There's some scientific evidence to support it.
Researchers at the University of Michigan studied the way students reacted to the attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001 and found that amongst those who were not overwhelmed were some who thrived and became more resilient.
We are drawing on the work of Salvatore Maddi, Suzanne Kobasa and colleagues. They have observed people going through challenging times, even humanitarian disasters. Some of those people emerged, not only healthy and motivated, but stronger than they were before.
The Three Cs of Resilience provide a strategy.