"In Raising Resilience, Chris Willard beautifully bridges between east and west, ancient philosophy and modern science. He offers the kind of wisdom families need in these challenging times." —Tal Ben-Shahar, author of Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment

"I love this book. We know that children do better when they feel better, and so do adults. How often do we expect children to control their behaviors when we haven't learned to control our own—even though we know that example is the best teacher? In this book you will learn strategies for developing beautiful values/principles in your own life, as well as how to teach them to your children. Guaranteed to help you and your children feel better and do better." —Dr. Jane Nelsen, coauthor of the Positive Discipline series

"In Raising Resilience, parents around the world will find tremendous support for meeting the challenges of childrearing. Connecting an ancient list of helpful qualities with the current research demonstrating their usefulness makes a compelling case for putting these ideas into practice." —Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

Raising Resilience:
The Wisdom and Science of Happy Families and Thriving Children

In every spiritual tradition, we find teachings on the virtues and qualities that we most want to pass on to our kids—such as generosity, kindness, honesty, determination, and patience. Today, a growing body of research from neuroscience and social psychology supports these teachings, offering insights into cultivating these virtues in ourselves and in our families. Raising Resilience is a practical guide for parents and educators of children from preschool through adolescence, detailing ten universal principles for happy families and thriving children.

Bridging the latest science with Eastern wisdom to explore ourselves and share with our children, Dr. Christopher Willard offers a wealth of teachings on:

• Getting through Giving—the many types of generosity we can model for kids, and the fascinating new findings on the power of giving

• Why Doing the Right Thing Is the Right Thing to Do—living in harmony with oneself, one’s family, and one’s community

• Less is More Parenting—how letting go of what’s no longer necessary creates space, freedom, and the possibility for something new

• Building a Wiser Brain—three types of wisdom and how to steer kids’ “under-construction” minds toward wise action

• Even the Buddha Had Helicopter Parents—releasing anxiety about over- or under-parenting and the desire for the “perfect” family

• The Buddha and the Marshmallow—patience in spirituality and science, including practices to strengthen patience in yourself and your children

• What Sets Us Free—how truthfulness and honest behavior create safety and freedom for everyone

• Growing Up with a Grit and Growth Mindset—the best ways to encourage resilience and determination through reinforcing and rewarding the “growth mindset”

• The Kindness Contagion—cultivating lovingkindness, compassion, and empathy

• Finding Balance in a Broken World and Staying Steady through the Stress—how to abide life’s inevitable ups and downs through the attitude of equanimity



“The practices in this book ultimately come together to help us build thriving, happy, and resilient families and communities, regardless of how we categorize them,” writes Dr. Willard. Raising Resilience is an accessible resource to help each one of us and our family members, “evolve and grow into our best selves.”


"A beautiful combination of ancient wisdom, current neuroscience, and authentic parenting stories, Raising Resilience is a helpful guide full of practices to cultivate goodness and healthy development in our children." —Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, coauthor of The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline



"A tour de force! Seamlessly written, the author integrates timeless wisdom and modern science into the heart of family life. This book is an indispensable companion for parents who want to cultivate goodness in themselves and their children." Christopher Germer, PhD, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

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