We help children become resilient

Two decades of research by the team and others shows that helping people learn about their neural traps and finding ways to transcend them can undo most of our brain's vulnerabilities. The Resilient Option program helps overcome these traps in four modules:

Gratitude

Mindful
Presence

Kindness

Resilient
Mindset

Focused

Kinder

Grateful

Calmer

Focussed

Kinder

Grateful

Calmer

Our core program is

HappiGenius Elementary

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Online curriculum

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Video-based

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Skills build in small incremental steps

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Games, breathing exercises, quizzes, interactive activities

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Provides resilience skills (focus, uplifting emotions, reframing, relationship building, problem solving, learning, patience, handling disappointments) 

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

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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

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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

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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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TESTIMONIAL

“Doing this program alongside my son made for a meaningful experience plus it was fun learning with him.  I discovered so much, proving you can always learn and change.  I would love to see every child and family experience and learn with Happi Genius. ”

Erin Hearn

Jacksonville, Florida
September 2020

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TESTIMONIAL

“It teaches you things about the brain with fun activities and games.  Even if you get things wrong, you will learn more.  I learned you can get yourself happy and how to calm yourself down using star breathing.”

Finn Hearn, 8 years old, 3rd grade

Jacksonville, Florida
September 2020

TESTIMONIAL

“As a grandmother who is separated from her grandkids by the pandemic, I was interested in participating in HappiGenius to get some ideas for my twice weekly Story Time Zoom sessions with my young grandkids.   They have loved many of the videos and activities, so it has been a boon to me. " 

Patricia A. Bloom, MD

New York
September 2020

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TESTIMONIAL

“The Happi Genius program provided helpful tools for improving calming skills and increasing attention spans.  And Dr. Sood and Gauri were great with the kids!  We're happy we found a program to help our 6-year-old with these skills.”

Kristin Morgan

Rochester, MN
September 2020

The BFF Approach

Each lesson in the HappiGenius program is an integration of skills in breathing, focusing, and feelings.

Breathing

Learn slow deep breathing as you build your star.

Focusing

Develop strong and focused attention with fun engaging videos.

Feeling

Develop skills in empathy and gratitude; apply these skills for problem solving.

Sample content

BREATHING: Take five deep breaths as you build your star

FOCUSING: Train your focus with fun engaging videos

FEELING: Access uplifting feelings in short incremental steps

Enroll in the
online program

HappiGenius Curriculum

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A 12-week immersive program

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Formal live instruction: 45-minutes a week

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Videos, books, and other materials

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Available for both schools and parents

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Adapted from Dr. Sood's SMART curriculum

Become a Trainer

A customized one-on-one or group training to prepare you to teach HappiGenius.

Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a HappiGenius trainer.

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SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) is Helpful

Research supports the value of SEL for:

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Managing emotions

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Cultivating empathy

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Problem solving

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Decision making

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Positive relationships

Socially and emotionally intelligent children have better attitude and behaviors, closer friends, are less aggressive, and perform superior academically.

Higher emotional intelligence correlates with success in high school, completing college, and holding a full-time job.

SEL Benefits Can be Augmented
by Adding Focus and Resilience Training

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Millions of children struggle with attention (focus) problems

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Attention strongly influences emotions, behavior, relationships, problem solving, and learning

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Weak attention interferes with improving most other skills

HappiGenius Program Provides
SEL Skills + Focus + Resilience Training

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Resilience Training for Staff

Research shows teacher wellbeing and engagement is essential to program success.

For over a decade, we have been offering stress management and resilience training to teachers and staff.

In a clinical trial, our resilience training significantly improved stress, anxiety, happiness, gratitude, life satisfaction, and quality of life among public school teachers and staff.

Please contact us if you are interested in bringing our resilience program to the staff and teachers at your school.

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“Participating in this program sparked my passion for wellness… I was able to apply mindfulness to my classroom and incorporate a morning stretch routine to get students focused and ready to start their day.”
- Study Participant

Meet the team behind
HappiGenius

Amit Sood,
MD MS FACP
Executive Director
Creator, HappiGenius

Gauri Sood
Co-Creator,
HappiGenius

Our Team of Experts and Researchers

Debbie Fuehrer,
MA LPCC

Sheila Anderson

Brenda Schiltz,
MD

Brent A. Bauer, MD

Carla J. Paonessa

Arush Chandna

Sia Sood

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