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Adopting a learning attitude means that you see life as a process of learning and growth. Experiences are seen as opportunities for learning, which takes some of the sting out of negative events. 

Framed this way, even the inevitable bad things that happen to us in life serve a purpose. When you can take something useful from a crisis or challenging event it is less likely to overwhelm you.   

A cycle of optimism

This is part of a cycle which also feeds into developing optimism and self-confidence. It provides an immediate ‘silver lining effect’ (the experience, though unpleasant, has value).

Resilient people have a learning attitude; they treat life as a process of learning and growth. They learn from successes, from other people, from life itself. Above all, they learn from their failures.

Having a learning attitude means seeing life as a learning process. It is one of the underpinning factors in boosting resilience, and while even the most proactive attitude can’t prevent the bad stuff happening altogether, it can reduce the impact. This is where part of the ‘bounce back’ factor associated with personal resilience is derived from.

Studies have shown that there are many benefits to adopting a learning attitude. These include:

  • Better health outcomes
  • Improved well‐being, 
  • Protection and recovery from mental health difficulties, 
  • Coping with stressful circumstances.

Other benefits include improvements in self-esteem, optimism, sense of purpose, and social relationships. 


I’m a psychologist, coach, and therapist. All my work is aimed at enabling people to improve personal aspects of their lives and work.


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