Developing ResilienceThumball

Developing Resilience Thumball

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Look under your thumb and share! The Developing Resilience Thumball is a playful tool for serious discussions. Add this dynamic resilience game to your next Resillience Training event!

When life gives you lemons or worse, how do you get back on track? How do you muster optimism and compassion for yourself and others? Use the discussion prompts on the Developing Resistance Thumball to explore how individuals and teams can foster patience, acceptance, gratitude, kindness, forgiveness, and personal composure. Talk about the various ways that each person can find their sense of meaning and pursue it, bolstered by community support and interpersonal connections.

Resilience is a critical skill that helps people adapt to changing and difficult circumstances in both their personal and professional lives. Help your teams build resilience by engaging in conversations that encourage optimism, positive thinking, compassion, and growth mindsets. The discussion prompts on the ball are designed to develop community and shared understanding at any resilience training session.


  • 32 prompts about Resilience, vetted by industry experts
  • 6" diameter ball is safe to toss indoors 
  • Facilitation notes included in packaging
  • Thumballs are made of foam, no inflation necessary


Although you won't find these categories on the resilience game ball itself, we find it helpful to see what topics are addressed and how. Spice up your resilience training with this playful tool! 

Patience - consider situations that test your patience and ways to calm yourself

Optimism - reflect on the future and opportunitites for happiness

Gratitude - share who and what are you grateful for

Acceptance - think about how you respond to bad news

Kindness - contemplate ways to spread happiness

Purpose - pause to consider goals and accomplishments

Forgiveness - when, why, and how can you forgive others

Connection - identify the people who give you joy and advice

Composure - consider when you lose composure and how you regain it

Listening - discuss ways to show you're listening.


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  1. Explain your goal. To maximize participation, explain that your goal is to promote shared
    understanding and build a happier, more supportive environment.
  2. Don’t rush. Appreciate that some may not be able to give quick or pat answers to a
    prompt; others might want to take some time to discuss their thoughts. Feel free to linger before
    moving to the next question, giving people ample time to discuss what’s on their mind.
  3. Take notes. Thumballs have a great way to tease out important information. Keep a
    notepad handy in case you hit a topic you’d like to revisit later.
  4. Give each player a “pass.” If a player finds a prompt particularly difficult, invite them
    to take a PASS, ASK A FRIEND, or TOSS AGAIN.

Developing ResilienceThumball

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