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.

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.


  • 32 prompts about Resilience, vetted by industry experts
  • 6" ball is safe to toss indoors 
  • Facilitation notes included in packaging


  • What situations most test your patience?
  • When you feel agitated, how do you calm yourself?


  • What gives you hope for the future?
  • How can you help make your workplace a happier space for you?


  • An object you are so thankful to have
  • A person you are thankful to have in your life


  • When someone tells me "no," I…
  • It's hardest to accept bad news when…


  • One way I can "pay it forward"
  • To make my friend's day, I know I can . . .


  • A goal that inspired you
  • Something you hope to accomplish next year


  • When did you last ask for forgiveness? Why?
  • When is it hard for people to let go and forgive others?


  • Who do you turn to for advice?
  • What relationships in your life give you the most joy?


  • What experiences typically cause you to lose your composure?
  • What strategies might help you recognize when you're losing your composure?


  • I tend to stop listening when…
  • How do I know when someone is listening well?

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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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