what we do

We create innovative, customized, effective, and scalable stress resilience solutions. We accomplish this by:

  • Leveraging our deep understanding of stress, resilience, mindfulness, wellbeing, neuroscience, and medical research

  • Integrating that knowledge with your organization’s specific strengths, constraints, and felt needs

  • Collaboratively customizing, implementing, and refining solutions that are relevant, efficient, and effective

Our core solution (Stress Management and Resilience Training, SMART) acts as a template for many of the solutions we create. SMART has been tested in over two dozen clinical trials and offered to hundreds of thousands of participants since 2008.

We have trained several hundred trainers in our train-the-trainer course (Transform) since its launch in 2010.

We are presently working with several premier Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, health systems, universities, and others.

Please reach out to us, if you wish to bring SMART or its derivative programs to your organization, or become a certified resilience trainer.

From the Desk of Dr. Sood

Dear Friend,

Thank you for spending a few precious minutes with me.

Employees and citizens that are a gift to their organization and the world have four core skills: Grit, Innovativeness, Focus, and Team-thinking. Let me share with you five key insights we leverage to nurture this GIFT in people.

#1. Intervene Upstream to Impact Downstream

Research shows that a family of behaviors (such as engaged presence, innovative thinking, discipline, courage, positivity) help enhance performance and decrease stress. A set of core principles (such as intentional attention, higher purpose, gratitude, kindness) influence these behaviors. The principles, in turn, depend on the healthy engagement of the right neural networks.

So, the sequence is: Engagement of the right neural networks (Step 1) – leads to – Embodying a set of core principles (Step 2) – leads to – The practice of a family of positive behaviors (Step 3) – leads to – Sustained thriving (Step 4) and positive organizational outcomes.   


This understanding (intervening upstream to impact downstream) and its application helps us create solutions that remain relevant despite a change in organizational systems, processes, or priorities.

#2. thrive by doing good


The two words that describe a successful organization are: thriving and virtuous. Research shows, being virtuous, which translates to thinking, speaking and doing good, is critical to long-term success.

Our focus on doing good isn’t just an idealistic intention. A robust line of research supports our firm belief that organizations that serve a pro-social meaning are the ones likely to survive over the long-term, have lower turnover, and deliver better financial returns.

#3. Integrating cutting-edge science is the key to creating “sticky” solutions

Solutions that leverage the science, particularly neuroscience, that have been validated in multiple research studies, and that have been offered across several platforms and vetted by a large number of people, are more likely to inspire sustained behavior change.


An essential component of our solutions is helping participants understand some of the neural traps that create disengagement, unwanted stress, and impair physical health. We share this information (synthesized from over ten-thousand research studies) in an easy-to-understand language that is fun and participatory.

In our presentations, we commonly hear participants say, “I wish I knew this science forty years ago.” The relevant neuroscience provides a validating and uplifting perspective toward stress, burnout, disengagement, and mental health issues.

#4. Customization is essential


Some of us have a single discrete stressor. Many struggle with fatigue and forgetfulness, while dealing with relationship issues, financial pressures, and a health concern. Every person, team, and organization’s stressors are unique. When offering solutions to different people, while the basic ideas (such as the neuroscience insights) remain similar, the specific skills change based on the felt needs.

We leverage the vast collection of insights and skills we have accumulated and developed over several decades, and customize the solutions for the individuals, groups, or organizations based on their strengths, constraints, and goals.

#5. Keep it novel, simple, scalable, engaging

Our approach is novel and relevant for the twenty-first-century struggles. Simplicity and scalability are our guiding principles. “We aren’t adding more milk to your cup; we are adding chocolate powder to the mix, so it doesn’t take any volume but changes the entire flavor!” (assuming you like chocolate!)


We have tested our solutions in over 30 clinical trials, the most for any resilience program. The results are very encouraging in every format we have tested. Further, the basics of the program can be shared in as little as a single 60 to 90 minute presentation. We strongly believe in democratizing wellbeing.

We integrate fun and inspiring stories, interactive practices, and fascinating scientific studies, to keep the solutions engaging and enjoyable. We believe that for something to work in the long-term, it should be enjoyable in the short-term.

Our approach is secular, offered using inclusive language. We respect and honor the rich diversity that decorates our planet. Our solutions are shared with humility and gratitude, considering it a real privilege that the participants have chosen to share a few moments and sometimes a few stories, of their vulnerability with us.


Integrating the insights I shared above, after about two decades of work, we developed an approach to resilience, wellbeing, and performance that we called Attention and Interpretation Therapy (AIT). SMART (Stress Management and Resiliency Training), our flagship resilience, wellbeing, and burnout solution that we have been offering since 2008, is an abbreviated version of AIT.

SMART integrates wisdom from:

  • Thousands of research studies,

  • Life experiences of hundreds of thousands of professionals and patients, and

  • Timeless teachings of contemplatives, philosophers, poets, and others

For most organizations, SMART is offered in two phases: Train and Sustain. The train phase entails sharing the core insights and skills of the four-module program. In the sustain phase, participants integrate and deepen their practice, that build toward creating a culture of resilience and wellbeing in the organization.

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SMART has been found effective in multiple research studies for a variety of outcomes

Research Evidence

SMART has now been tested and found effective in several dozen clinical trials with results showing statistically significant and meaningful improvement in a variety of measures. These include:

  • 50 percent lower anxiety (Assessed by GAD-7)

  • 39 percent lower burnout (Assessed by MBI)

  • 35 percent lower stress (Assessed by PSS)

  • 37 percent lower depressive symptoms (Assessed by PHQ9)

  • 30 percent higher mindfulness (Assessed by MAAS)

  • 21 percent higher resilience (Assessed by CDRS)

  • 18 percent higher happiness (Assessed by SHS)

  • 16 percent higher health behaviors (Assessed by CHBQ)

In addition, participants reported positive changes in productivity, engagement, and fatigue.


We believe SMART is the most extensively researched resilience and wellbeing platform globally and has the strongest, most promising effectiveness data.

Our Goal

In developing SMART, our goal is to help democratize wellbeing and provide an authentic, trusted, and evidence-based stress, resilience, wellbeing, and burnout solution that economizes time and resources, will stand for hundreds of years to come, and is customizable to almost every demographic and individual’s or organization’s challenge or striving.

SMART has a very broad appeal – to the upbeat as well as not so upbeat brains
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SMART aspires to help you reimagine productivity from twenty-first-century perspective. Counting the number of emails that employees answer in an hour is past its prime. The questions we ask are:

  • Are you seeking meaning (approach) or running away from fear (avoidance)?

  • Do you have a culture where members feel comfortable sharing their vulnerability?

  • How good are you with handling complexity? How can you get better?

  • Are you skilled at holding two simultaneous conflicting thoughts in arriving at a solution?

  • How good is your tolerance of uncertainty?

  • Do you feel skilled at handling inter-personal conflicts?

  • Are you good at not letting demanding clients get beneath your skin?

  • Do you care more about proving your personal worth or contributing to a meaningful cause?

  • Do you look forward to Monday mornings?

The most productive individuals and organizations seek meaning, honor vulnerability, are skilled at handling complexity, conflicts and uncertainty, care more about the purpose and less about personal accolades, and consider their work as their calling. Such a culture of pragmatic positivity, when it permeates the breadth of the organization, will foster a thriving and virtuous workplace. Every good outcome - productivity, engagement, reputation, low-turnover, profits - will naturally follow.


While this website is mostly for trainers of SMART and organizations interested in bringing SMART to their enterprise, any person can participate with us using the following resources:

The Next Step (For Prospective Trainers and Organizations)

If you are an individual trainer or an organization and wish to bring SMART to your practice or group, I welcome you to spend a few additional minutes here, evaluate the following content, and reach out to us for further questions.

Why SMART? Distinguishing features of SMART

Want to Bring SMART to Your Organization? Our phased approach to bringing SMART to organizations

Want to Become a SMART Trainer? The path to start teaching SMART

Who is Using SMART Today? Different demographics and groups using SMART

Curious About Our Research? A synthesis of our research studies

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With SMART, my colleagues and I have touched over half a million people in person in the previous decade, and presently are actively engaged with about two hundred thousand employees in some of the world’s most reputable organizations. It will be an honor to serve you and your group.

I am grateful to you for trusting me with your time.

I wish you well.

Amit Sood, MD MSc FACP

Want to Bring SMART to Your Organization?

We are working with several small and large organizations, across several industries, for creating stress, resiliency, and burnout solutions. We have delivered consistently positive outcomes for decreasing stress and anxiety, enhancing resilience, wellbeing and happiness, and improving work-related metrics.

With each engagement, we strive to:

  • Understand your unique strengths, constraints, culture, and experience

  • Develop a three to five year vision to help foster a culture of resilience and wellbeing

  • Start with a few pilot offerings and refine further based on feedback from employees and leadership

  • Focus our solutions on nurturing professionalism, excellence, integrity, engagement, and self-care

  • Create local capacity (where feasible) by training trainers/champions within the organization

  • Create digital on-demand solutions

  • Develop a long-term longitudinal connection

Please contact us for further details.

Want to Become a Certified resilience Trainer?

We have trained several hundred trainers since 2010.

You can become a Certified Resilience Trainer with us and teach resilience and wellbeing globally.

Please look at this link for further details.