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Can We Become Better People After Things Go Wrong?

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posted on 2022-03-31, 14:36 authored by Karen HowellsKaren Howells, Natalie Herbert

When a plant is battered and nearly destroyed by the rain, its survival
is uncertain, but as the sun comes up and shines on it, the plant starts
to recover. Over time, not only does the plant get better but it also
comes back stronger. This is growth, and it can happen to us too
after an adversity. An adversity is something that is very difficult to
deal with and causes us to be upset, have unhappy thoughts, and
might even make us cry. But what if something good can come from
that bad experience? What if we can learn something that helps us to
be different, and maybe better than before? Growth is not just about
getting bigger; it can mean changing as a person too. Growth will
not stop the adversity from being upsetting, but can lead to powerful,
positive changes in a person


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Howells, K. and Herbert, N. (2022) 'Can We Become Better People After Things Go Wrong?', Frontiers for Young Minds. doi: 10.3389/frym.2022.665608

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  • Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

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Karen Howells

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