Supportive resources to help you get through tough times.

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Two decades of research,
with one aim at heart.

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Learn the science and art of building resilience.

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Science, stories,
smiles, and skills.

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What is Resilient Option?

Over two decades, we have developed, researched, and shared innovative resilience solutions,
that have touched hundreds of thousands of lives. Resilient Option is the digital version of our program.

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How does Resilient Option work?

A four-module, self-paced, video-based program.

Each module is a blend of neuroscience, stories, and skills, that systematically build your resilience.
The skills are designed to improve your emotional intelligence, energy, focus, and relationships.

For individuals

Validated in several research studies, our video-based program helps you decrease stress and build resilience through four easy modules:

  • Gratitude
  • Mindful presence
  • Kindness
  • Resilient mindset
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For corporates

We have worked with thousands of executives and understand today’s unique challenges – the pace of change, rising stress, time pressures, competition, and more. Every workplace environment has unique constraints and opportunities. We thus offer customized solutions for small and large organizations.

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For educational institutions

We are working with several universities, helping create a culture of resilience and wellbeing for students, staff, and faculty.

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For hospitals and health systems

Some of the most reputed hospitals in the world trust us with the resilience and wellbeing of their employees. We leverage our understanding of the unique challenges in healthcare, and combine it with our in-depth research and decades of experience to offer customized and comprehensive solutions for small as well as large entities. 

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For resilience trainers

Our six-months Certified Resilience Trainer (CeRT) program helps you in two steps:

  • Become a role-model of resilience
  • Acquire the necessary skills to help others in their resilience journey
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For children

We are passionate about helping children with their stress, attention, and wellbeing. HappiGenius, our first program for K-5 and middle school children, is self-paced with the entire curriculum designed for an immersive online experience.

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Publications we have been featured in.

Several leading publications and media houses have highlighted our work.
Here are some of the notable ones.

Our research, its result and impact.

We have completed over 30 clinical trials -
we believe the most for any resilience program.

Professionals facing high levels of stress and burnout

Students

Patients with depression, cancer, heart disease, GI conditions, transplant, and others

Caregivers

Some of the outcomes in our research include:

25%

25%

14%

Anxiety

Burnout Symptoms

Stress

Mindfulness

Resilience

Health Behavior

50%

39%

35%

Improvement

Reduction

Improvement

25%

25%

25%

25%

14%

14%

mindfulness

resilience

health behaviour

Reduction

anxiety

burnout symptoms

stress

50%

50%

39%

39%

35%

35%

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Words of encouragement from the resilient ones.

"Dr. Sood’s teachings changed my life. He helped me start a journey of kindness, gratitude and compassion towards myself and others. I had struggled with forgiveness before taking his course and I now have been able to forgive a few people who hurt me in the past, and now I can let go."

Marissa Viejo Murchison

Dallas, TX

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Words of encouragement from the resilient ones.

"A few years ago I went through the most difficult time in my life when we lost our baby. This is “ugly” stress as Amit describes it. At the right time I started Amit’s course and through the daily practices and exercises I solidified my resilience and continue to do so."

Dragos Banu, MD

Medical Director of Primary Care at AHMC
Medical Director at the Alice Center Rehabilitation and long-term care
AHMC Practice Physician Leader, University of Vermont Medical Health Network MG
Burlington, VT

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Words of encouragement from the resilient ones.

“Dr. Sood’s resilient option program is the antidote to the increasing stress in our world.
The program is elegant, practical and the practices taught require only 5-7 minutes a day”

Ronald Campbell, MD

Ophthalmologist (Retired)

Words of encouragement from the resilient ones.

Dr. Sood’s program has been like an anchor in these challenging times.  I feel calmer, more focused and able to handle the stressors of life.  The awareness of these simple concepts and principles has changed my life forever.

Sheila A. Anderson

School Counselor
Britton-Hecla School District
Britton, SD

Words of encouragement from the resilient ones.

"Dr. Sood’s program has been life-changing for me. While I already knew that I have little to no control over what happens to me in life, after this program I am more in control of how I react to what happens to me than ever before in my life."

Jason C. Bartsch, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Internal Medicine Hospitalist
University of Vermont Medical Center
Burlington, VT

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Words of encouragement from the resilient ones.

“This may sound like a cliche but taking Dr. Sood’s course was life altering for me. It also had a profound positive effect on my family and the staff of my dental practice as they could well attest.”

Gary B. Ihlefeld, DDS

Muscatine, IA

READ MORE

Words of encouragement from the resilient ones.

"As a result of participating in Dr. Sood’s course, I live each day focused on striving to make a positive impact on others, especially during times when others are in distress or feeling overwhelmed. In my effort to live life more for others and less for myself, I discover my life to be more enriched."

Adrian Talbot

Executive Director of Human Resources
Cedar Falls Community School District
Cedar Falls, IA

Words of encouragement from the resilient ones.

"Resilient mindset practices essentially enable us to adapt to life challenges alone and together. What a gift optimism is to believe we can handle whatever comes our way, even in this era of Covid-19. For that we are deeply, deeply grateful."

William, Wendy, Lauren, and Russ Wustenberg

Farmington, MN

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Words of encouragement from the resilient ones.

"As an HR leader, I come across a lot of learning programs and offerings. Dr. Amit Sood and his team offer something different: an ongoing exploration that combines practical knowledge and unique experience."

Joel Quast

Director, Organizational Development & Culture
Novo Nordisk
Plainsboro, NJ

READ MORE

Words of encouragement from the resilient ones.

“I am so grateful to have had my team trained in the SMART program. We are using Dr. Sood’s principles within the structure of our wellness programs we offer to healthcare workers. Our programs are extremely well received by our organization’s employees.” 

Sue Goodin

Chief Executive Officer
Progressive Health Center
Denver, CO

Words of encouragement from the resilient ones.

"I have found Dr. Sood’s programs tremendously informative. Every time I meet or listen to Dr. Sood, I learn new skills to help me deal with life's novel challenges, manage stress, and improve my resilience. I am grateful of Dr. Sood’s precious knowledge and his passion to share it."

Stefano Mignardi

Director National Accounts, Daimler Trucks North America
Portland, OR

Words of encouragement from the resilient ones.

“Taking the Transform Class with Dr. Sood and his staff changed my life. They helped give me the tools that I never had in my toolbox for anxiety and stress.”

Gail Z. Richards

Trustee
The Zarrow Families Foundation
Tulsa, OK

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Words of encouragement from the resilient ones.

"Dr. Amit Sood is a masterful teacher in the field of resilience and well-being. Witnessing the way he carries out his teaching in all aspects of his life is transformative."

Sarah Johnson, MSOD

Sr. Organizational Development & Resilience Specialist
Stanford Children’s Health, Palo Alto, CA

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Words of encouragement from the resilient ones.

"I give this course my highest recommendation, and not only will you transform, but others around you will as well."

Ken Ro, MD

Emergency Medicine Physician
Cypress, TX

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Words of encouragement from the resilient ones.

"This program not only gave me practical ways to grow by creating a wellspring of insight to draw from, but it put me on a new path by giving me the ability to turn my suffering into transformation. For that I will always be deeply grateful."

Austin Johnson

Huntsville, AL

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Words of encouragement from the resilient ones.

"Amit is an innovator and visionary leader in the field, integrating spirituality and human values into healthcare; providing practical tools for building individual and workforce resilience and wellbeing."

Kavita Prasad, MD

Medical Director
Zumbro Valley Health Center
Rochester, MN

READ MORE

Words of encouragement from the resilient ones.

"Amit taught me not to chase happiness, but rather to chase meaning; to live a life of purpose and exist for humanity."

David Theil, MD

Chair, Department of Anesthesia
Rose Medical Center
Denver, CO  80220

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Words of encouragement from the resilient ones.

"I have high praise for Dr. Sood’s evidence based, easy to adopt program to improve resilience and build a positive work culture. To find a program that is adaptable to both a work force and to client care is very powerful."

Beth Krehbiel

Chief Executive Officer
Zumbro Valley Health Center
Rochester, MN

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Words of encouragement from the resilient ones.

“Amit Sood MD was a keynote speaker at our network wide symposium on clinical integration. He was inspirational and reassuring in face of many of our physicians facing burnout.  He later was invited to train a group of 35+ physician in our organization in resilience."

Claude Deschamps, MD

President and Chief Executive Officer
University of Vermont Medical Group
Burlington, VT

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Words of encouragement from the resilient ones.

“I have been using the work of Dr. Sood for many years and have been transformed by it. I will forever be grateful for his teaching and mentorship.”

Lisa Hardesty, PhD

Psychologist, Mayo Clinic
Mankato, MN

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Words of encouragement

"Dr. Sood’s teachings changed my life. He helped me start a journey of kindness, gratitude and compassion towards myself and others. I had struggled with forgiveness before taking his course and I now have been able to forgive a few people who hurt me in the past, and now I can let go."

Marissa Viejo Murchison

Dallas, TX

READ MORE

Words of encouragement

"A few years ago I went through the most difficult time in my life when we lost our baby. This is “ugly” stress as Amit describes it. At the right time I started Amit’s course and through the daily practices and exercises I solidified my resilience and continue to do so."

Dragos Banu, MD

Medical Director of Primary Care at AHMC, Medical Director at the Alice Center Rehabilitation and long-term care, AHMC Practice Physician Leader, University of Vermont Medical Health
Network MG
Burlington, VT

READ MORE

Words of encouragement

“Dr. Sood’s resilient option program is the antidote to the increasing stress in our world.
The program is elegant, practical, and the practices taught require only 5-7 minutes a day”

Ronald Campbell, MD

Ophthalmologist (Retired)

Words of encouragement

"Dr. Sood’s program has been like an anchor in these challenging times.  
I feel calmer, more focused and able to handle the stressors of life.
The awareness of these simple concepts and principles has changed my life forever."

Sheila A. Anderson

School Counselor
Britton-Hecla School District
Britton, SD

Words of encouragement

"Dr. Sood’s program has been life-changing for me. While I already knew that I have little to no control over what happens to me in life, after this program I am more in control of how I react to what happens to me than ever before in my life."

Jason C. Bartsch, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Internal Medicine Hospitalist, University of Vermont Medical Center
Burlington, VT

READ MORE

Words of encouragement

“This may sound like a cliche but taking Dr. Sood’s course was life altering for me. It also had a profound positive effect on my family and the staff of my dental practice as they could well attest.”

Gary B. Ihlefeld, DDS

Muscatine, IA

READ MORE

Words of encouragement

"As a result of participating in Dr. Sood’s course, I live each day focused on striving to make a positive impact on others, especially during times when others are in distress or feeling overwhelmed. In my effort to live life more for others and less for myself, I discover my life to be more enriched."

Adrian Talbot

Executive Director of Human Resources, Cedar Falls Community School District
Cedar Falls, IA

Words of encouragement

"Resilient mindset practices essentially enable us to adapt to life challenges alone and together. What a gift optimism is to believe we can handle whatever comes our way, even in this era of Covid-19. For that we are deeply, deeply grateful."

William, Wendy, Lauren, and Russ Wustenberg

Farmington, MN

READ MORE

Words of encouragement

"As an HR leader, I come across a lot of learning programs and offerings. Dr. Amit Sood and his team offer something different: an ongoing exploration that combines practical knowledge and unique experience."

Joel Quast

Director, Organizational Development & Culture, Novo Nordisk
Plainsboro, NJ

READ MORE

Words of encouragement

“I am so grateful to have had my team trained in the SMART program. We are using Dr. Sood’s principles within the structure of our wellness programs we offer to healthcare workers. Our programs are extremely well received by our organization’s employees.” 

Sue Goodin

Chief Executive Officer, Progressive Health Center
Denver, CO

Words of encouragement

"I have found Dr. Sood’s programs tremendously informative. Every time I meet or listen to Dr. Sood, I learn new skills to help me deal with life's novel challenges, manage stress, and improve my resilience. I am grateful of Dr. Sood’s precious knowledge and his passion to share it."

Stefano Mignardi

Director National Accounts, Daimler Trucks North America
Portland, OR

Words of encouragement

“Taking the Transform Class with Dr. Sood and his staff changed my life. They helped give me the tools that I never had in my toolbox for anxiety and stress.”

Gail Z. Richards

Trustee, The Zarrow Families Foundation
Tulsa, OK

READ MORE

Words of encouragement

"Dr. Amit Sood is a masterful teacher in the field of resilience and well-being. Witnessing the way he carries out his teaching in all aspects of his life is transformative."

Sarah Johnson, MSOD

Sr. Organizational Development and Resilience Specialist
Palo Alto, CA

READ MORE

Words of encouragement

"I give this course my highest recommendation, and not only will you transform, but others around you will as well."

Ken Ro, MD

Emergency Medicine Physician
Cypress, TX

READ MORE

Words of encouragement

"This program not only gave me practical ways to grow by creating a wellspring of insight to draw from, but it put me on a new path by giving me the ability to turn my suffering into transformation. For that I will always be deeply grateful."

Austin Johnson

Huntsville, AL

READ MORE

Words of encouragement

"Amit is an innovator and visionary leader in the field, integrating spirituality and human values into healthcare; providing practical tools for building individual and workforce resilience and wellbeing."

Kavita Prasad, MD

Medical Director, Zumbro Valley Health Center
Rochester, MN

READ MORE

Words of encouragement

"Amit taught me not to chase happiness, but rather to chase meaning; to live a life of purpose and exist for humanity."

David Theil, MD

Chair - Department of Anesthesia, Rose Medical Center
Denver, CO

READ MORE

Words of encouragement

“I have been using the work of Dr. Sood for many years and have been transformed by it. I will forever be grateful for his teaching and mentorship.”

Lisa Hardesty, PhD

Psychologist, Mayo Clinic
Mankato, MN

READ MORE

The mind behind it all

Dr. Amit Sood, our Executive Director, is the former Professor of Medicine, Director of Mayo Mind Body Initiative, and Carla and Russ Paonessa Enterprise Chair for student life and wellness, Mayo Clinic. He is the author of several books on resilience, stress management, mindfulness, and happiness, and is one of the world’s leading authority on resiliency and wellbeing. Based on two decades of clinical research and experience, Dr. Sood created The Resilient Option and CeRT programs.

Mayo Clinic 2010
Distinguished Service Award

Mayo Clinic 2013
Outstanding Physician Scientist Award

Top 20 intelligent optimist
in the world (Ode Magazine)

Mayo Clinic 2010
Innovator of the Year Award

Mayo Clinic 2016
Faculty of the Year Award

RWJ Foundation
Health Care Pioneer

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