Adversity Quotient

Curated Reads by the National Library, Singapore

The word “adversity” describes a difficult or distressing situation and being resilient during such tough times calls for extra grit. The adversity quotient measures how one would respond to adversity and challenges in his or her life. While adversity can cause one to fall apart, it can also turn into a moment of learning, an opportunity for personal or professional growth as well as a season during which new strength is discovered. Read on and be inspired by how others have overcome their adversities.


Option B: Facing adversity, building resilience, and finding joy

After the sudden death of her husband, the author Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that her family would never find joy again. Her friend, Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her that resilience is a muscle that everyone can build by taking concrete steps to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. Option B combines Sheryl's personal insights with Adam's eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity, as well as the capacity of the human spirit to persevere and to rediscover joy.

All rights reserved, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2017



The gift and power of emotional courage

According to psychologist Susan David, how we manage our emotions will shape everything else that matters such as our actions, careers, relationships, health and happiness. Watch this deeply moving talk where Susan David challenges a culture that prizes positivity over emotional truth and discusses the powerful strategies of emotional agility.

Source: TEDWomen 2017

Getting back to happy

Getting Back to Happy reveals strategies for changing thought patterns and daily habits to bounce back from tough times. Marc and Angel Chernoff are the authors of the popular blog Marc & Angel Hack Life. Sharing stories and advice, this book shows us how to harness the power of daily rituals, mindfulness and self-care to overcome life’s challenges and become our best selves.

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All rights reserved, Penguin Publishing Group, 2018.

8 tips to help you become more resilient

We often hear of how adversity makes a person stronger. In this article, clinical psychologist Meg Jay describes resilience as a heroic struggle. Read what she has to say and use her practical tips to overcome whatever life might throw your way.

Source:, 5 January 2018