Sheryl Sandberg Commencement Address 2016

Sheryl Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and the author of the book "Lean In." Here, in a commencement address to the students of the University of California at Berkeley, Sandberg discusses what she has been through and what she has learned, "not from life but from death," in the past year. Here are fourteen vocabulary words from Sandberg's address.
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  1. resilience
    an occurrence of rebounding or springing back
    The seeds of resilience are planted in the way we process the negative events in our lives.
  2. counterintuitive
    contrary to what common sense would suggest
    This was completely counterintuitive; it seemed like the way to recover was to try to find positive thoughts.
  3. pervasive
    spreading or spread throughout
    Psychologist Martin Seligman found that there are three P’s — personalization, pervasiveness, and permanence — that are critical to how we bounce back from hardship.
  4. permanence
    property of being able to exist for an indefinite time
    Psychologist Martin Seligman found that there are three P’s — personalization, pervasiveness, and permanence — that are critical to how we bounce back from hardship.
  5. constrict
    squeeze or press together
    For many months afterward, and at many times since, I was swallowed up in the deep fog of grief — what I think of as the void — an emptiness that fills your heart, your lungs, constricts your ability to think or even to breathe.
  6. adversity
    a state of misfortune or affliction
    You will almost certainly face deep adversity.
  7. gratitude
    a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation
    The moment he said it, I felt overwhelming gratitude that my family was alive.
  8. void
    an empty area or space
    For many months afterward, and at many times since, I was swallowed up in the deep fog of grief — what I think of as the void — an emptiness that fills your heart, your lungs, constricts your ability to think or even to breathe.
  9. brutality
    the trait of extreme cruelty
    I learned about the depths of sadness and the brutality of loss.
  10. reservoir
    a large or extra supply of something
    I have a huge reservoir of sadness that is with me always — right here, where I can touch it.
  11. precious
    of high worth or cost
    I mean live with the understanding of how precious every single day would be.
  12. thrive
    make steady progress
    Not taking failures personally allows us to recover — and even to thrive.
  13. irony
    incongruity between what might be expected and what occurs
    It is the greatest irony of my life that losing my husband helped me find deeper gratitude — gratitude for the kindness of my friends, the love of my family, the laughter of my children.
  14. literally
    without exaggeration
    My friends and family were so loving, and they carried us — quite literally, at times.

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