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Resilience is transmissible, says Chris Johnstone in this article. By sharing the stories that inspire us, we can pass resilience on.

Stories of resilience often begin with bad news, with tragedy and pain. Yet the story is made by what happens after that, by the dawn that follows the darkest hour. Life goes on, and so does learning and inspiration.

He explains a four-part story structure which draws out information which can act as an example. “Stories of resilience tend to have turning points where something shifts, new possibilities are opened and unexpected opportunities found”, he says.

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