How Hardy are You?
CONCEPT: Taking Responsibility
Participants complete a self-evaulation of 'hardy' personality traits.
After completing this activity, participants will be able to:
- define a 'hardy' personality trait
- list three 'hardy' personality traits that would be beneficial to the management of PKU
- identify one 'hardy' personality trait they could work to achieve this next year
Distribute the "How 'hardy' you are you?" handout.
Explain : "It is believed by some researchers that some people with 'hardy' personalities are better able to deal with the stresses and complexities of life. It is also believed that individuals can learn a 'hardy' approach to life. "
"The hardy personality type of person is not exactly defined. It is a listing of traits and qualities that are thought of as 'hardy'. People with a strong will to live and mental and physical health have the qualities of a hardy personality. Being hardy is not being perfect; it is trying your very best to take lemons and make lemonade!"
Have the participants complete the worksheet individually. They look over the list and see which hardy personality traits are a part of their regular routine, and which they might like to work on in the coming year. Reinforce that there are no right or wrong answers. Everybody's answers will be a little different.
Discuss the results with the participants.
- Are there volunteers who would like to share?
- What is one thing from the list you can do?
- What is one thing from the list you need help with and could work on this year?
- Which qualities would be most beneficial to the management of PKU?
- Worksheet: How "Hardy" Are You?.
Save this worksheet and look at it periodically during the year. Are you working on the traits you identified?