People whose bodies respond rapidly to a threat — with a surge of the stress hormones adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol — but who then recover quickly seem to cope better with stressful situations. More resilient people also seem to be better at using the hormone dopamine — which has a role in the brain’s reward system — to help keep them positive during stress.
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Through teaching skills for brain development and resourcing to children that deal with daily adversity, they are giving them hope for a brighter future. In addition, providing a safe environment in which these children can begin to thrive counters the negative effects of what they refer to as ACES (adverse childhood experiences) — the very things that create the stress that can deeply impact the ability to learn.