Course Description

Resiliency is our ability to bounce back from adversity. During these uncertain times, it is important to actively work towards being more resilient by learning to thrive within the stress. It is important to be conscious of how you are feeling, to be compassionate with yourself, and to be aware of how you have been impacted by the changes happening in our world.  Join us for one or all 6 sessions, to discuss how we can build skills of being happy and building resiliency: mindfulness, human connection, gratitude, positive outlook, purpose, and generosity.

This is a welcoming space for anyone in any department to share ideas, find support, and explore how resiliency can prepare us for whatever comes next.

NOTE: This is a repeat of our Fall 2020 series, but this is not a "training" per se and lots has changed since we first discussed these topics -- we encourage you to join us again or for the first time!

Complete the week's Prework before attending the session.

Register once and you're set for the series.

A single Zoom link means that you can log into any session on any date.  

Wednesdays 8:00 - 9:00 AM
  • July 7th - Week 1 - Mindfulness
  • July 14th - Week 2 - Human Connection
  • July 21st - Week 3 - Gratitude
  • July 28th - Week 4 - Positive Outlook
  • August 4th - Week 5 - Purpose
  • August 11th - Week 6 - Generosity


Thursdays 12:00 - 1:00 PM
  • July 8th - Week 1 - Mindfulness
  • July 15th - Week 2 - Human Connection
  • July 22nd - Week 3 - Gratitude
  • July 29th - Week 4 - Positive Outlook
  • August 5th - Week 5 - Purpose
  • August 12th - Week 6 - Generosity


Curated Resources

The following curated resources have been generously shared by Building Resiliency Series session participants. Some hyperlinks have been added, to assist users with locating digital resources.

Please note that none have been formally researched or vetted by the sponsoring departments (HR and EAP), nor should the resources be construed as “recommended by” the City of Madison or sponsoring departments. If you have concerns about any of the resources, please contact us at



  • Take a Breath (Calm, via YouTube)
  • Meditation (The Mindfulness Moment, via YouTube)
  • Playing for Change (Movement to inspire and connect through music, via YouTube)
  • The Good Place

Quotes, Mantras

  • Serenity Prayer: “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
  • “Worrying won’t stop the bad stuff from happening. It just stops you from enjoying the good.”
  • “Life is never not now.” Ekhart Tolle
  • “Water the flowers, not the weeds”
  • “We belong to each other”
  • “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”


  • Walk at the parks
  • Shoot pool
  • Fishing
  • Coloring books
  • Crafts (painting, wood burning, etc)
  • Meditation every day while my French press coffee brews
  • Exercise
  • Not too much TV
  • Box breathing, Rhythmic Counting breathing
  • Noticing and watching the trees and leaves
  • Paying closer attention to the taste of foods
  • Group discussion
  • “Forgotten” hobbies
  • Using my Fitbit to better track my exercise

Support and Affinity Groups, Organizations

  • Black and African American Affinity Group
  • Book clubs


  • Healthy Minds app
  • Calm app
  • iSleep Easy Meditation app


  • The Cultivating Place (Co-production and podcast of North Country Public Radio).  Conversations on natural history & the human impulse to garden


  • UW Center for Healthy Minds (University of Wisconsin – Madison).  Founded by world renowned neuroscientist Dr. Richard J. Davidson, the Center for Healthy Minds envisions a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world. Our mission is to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind.
  • Presented by: 
    Coordinated by HR/OD (Lindsay Bessick)Sponsored by EAP
  • Recommended for: 
    All Employees
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