26 Aug A Good Life: Science and Practice
How people bounce, grow, connect and flow
Our life is a blaze of consciousness in an eternity of emptiness. Behind us is 13.8 billion years of an expanding universe. Ahead may be 2.8 (or more) billion years. Human life is a fraction of a billionth of time. So short and so precious. So meaningless and yet so real.
The transcendentals since the time of Plato have been Truth (science or logic), Beauty (arts or aesthetics) and Goodness (religion or ethics).
In 2018 we are poised on an unsettling edge. On one hand, there has never been a better time to be alive. We are healthier, living longer, richer, educated, and enjoying life in a way unimaginable to previous generations (see Enlightenment Now, Stephen Pinker, 2018). On the other, population pressure is consuming and cooking the planet. Social withdrawal, anxiety and depression continue to push one in four into mindless suffering.
In a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world that keeps accelerating, we feel like we are clinging on. Some have given up, let go and feel disenfranchised (see Yuval Noah Harari TedTalk). Harari says belief in the global economy multiplied by liberal democracy has collapsed. Today, more people die from eating too much than from starvation. More people kill themselves than are killed by wars, crime and terrorism combined. The current prescriptions are not working.
We need a new story.
The Resilience Institute is delighted to release our 2018 Global Resilience Report. Our purpose is to help people bounce, grow, connect and flow. We aim to reduce suffering and enhance the physical, emotional and cognitive experience of life.
In this report, we explore measures of resilience in 21,239 people and see what changes after an intervention. We posed six questions based on 3,963 people who completed an assessment before and after resilience training interventions:
1. Can we bounce from distress and reduce suffering?
Depressed symptoms reduce by an average of 30% (29-86%)
Distress symptoms reduce by an average of 32% (28-82%)
Key improvements in insomnia, self-doubt, self-critical, stress symptoms and hostility
2. Can we learn to be calm, present and alert?
Stress mastery improves by 33.3% (27-70%) lead by relaxation and presence
3. Can we improve our physical wellbeing?
Physical wellbeing scores improve by 46.9% lead by improvements in health awareness, fitness, sleep quality and nutrition
4. Can we develop emotional skills and empathy?
Emotional intelligence scores improve by 25.3% lead by assertiveness, empathy, and emotional insight
5. Can we train our minds and make better decisions?
Cognitive scores improve by 35% lead by optimism, decisiveness, agility, and focus
6. Can we find fulfilment, connection and flow in work?
Noble aspirations such as compassion, purpose, fulfilment and flow increase this category score by 29.6%
Download the 2018 Global Resilience Report.
We will leave you to take your time exploring the full report and the data. In short, small and practical steps in the right direction secure a massive impact. On average the resilience ratio of participants before and after an intervention improved by 38% on our growth ratio.
We are hugely proud of our clients, their leaders and our teams. We have made a difference to human life. Suffering has been alleviated. People are growing at physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual levels.
Further, when people are resilient they take better care of others and make wiser decisions in life, business and nature.
Using an evidence-based approach (The True), an integral model (The Good) and an aspiring vision for the possibility of being human (The Beautiful), we are making a small steps toward a good life.
A good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
– Bertrand Russell