About the Resilience Academy

Take a look at the picture on the right. What is it a picture of? A sunrise? A sunset?

Does the earth actually rise or set? We say that because once upon a time our ancestors believed that the sun revolved around the earth and our language hasn't caught up with reality. But this inaccuracy doesn't affect our daily lives, so it doesn't really matter.

But what if we're wrong about stress? The Resilience Academy helps people see that the way we think about stress, the way we talk about stress, and the way we deal with stress is — like the idea of the sun rising and setting — based on a mistake. Stress doesn't work the way you think it does. And this matters a lot.

Step back and look at all the conflict taking place right now — in our homes, in our organizations, in schools, in the news. See the anger, frustration, and sadness we're individually and collectively struggling with and the effect this has on every single person's ability to lead a happy, healthy, productive life. If we're all wrong about the way our emotions work — if stress isn't just part of life, inherited from ancestors who faced saber-toothed tigers — then we're wrong about something at the core of the human experience.

The Resilience Academy teaches you a new way to understand how stress works, and then give you a smarter tool to transform challenges in your life, combining humor and logic, and avoiding jargon, stigma, and "touchy-feeliness." Founded by Andrew Bernstein in 2004, this approach makes transformation much more practical and accessible.

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