“Cultivating Realistic Optimism Across the Health Enterprise” was the topic of the lecture given by Lorenzo Norris, MD, chief wellness officer, GW medical enterprise, medical director, GW Resiliency & Well-being Center, and associate dean for student affairs and administration, and associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at SMHS.

Resilience is defined as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, workplace and financial stressors, racism, or armed conflicts. Stress takes a physical and emotional toll on the body. As much as resilience involves “bouncing back” from these difficult experiences, it can also involve profound personal growth. Being resilient is a skill you can learn and sharpen to you can cope with stress. Resilience has many health benefits associated with longevity, lower rates of depression, and greater satisfaction with life.

This free online lecture was part of the 5th Annual Patrick & Marguerite Sung Symposium organized by the GW Office of Integrative Medicine & Health in collaboration with the GW Resiliency & Well-being Center.

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The Sung Symposium
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