What we see
We are living in a time of such amazing abundance. Consider the following:
Pre-COVID, the per capita, inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) has gone up 3.5 times in 70
years. As such, this is, at least, one of the times of greatest wealth in the history of humanity.
IQ has gone up 25 points since the 1920s. We are dramatically smarter than ever before.
One terabyte of information was generated from the beginning of recorded history until 2003. Now, we are
producing a terabyte every year. We have more information readily available then every before.
It would be easy to go on. There are so many simply exceptional things happening and things available to us that it would make sense that we would be extremely happy. Yet, we're not! We have experienced no real increase in happiness over time. In fact, consider the following:
Depression affects 23 million people.
Anxiety affects 40 million people.
Stress-related costs over $300 billion per year.*
Recessions, company reorganizations, overworked staff, pandemics, to name a few, contribute to new challenges of maintaining healthy relationships within the organizational workforce. The Wonderful Life Project has been working with clients over the last 20 years to address many workplace concerns. We are convinced that our training programs are more relevant now than ever before.
Consider the results of one client, Lexington (Nebraska) Regional Hospital, after undergoing our training program.
Job vacancies dropped significantly.
Patients complaints dropped to nearly to zero.
Patient safety reached the highest levels ever recorded.
98% of employees say they recommend the hospital to family and friends as a place to work.
Medical residents have given the hospital the highest ratings as a place to work.
Patients' comments on the overall happiness of employees at the hospital.
Gross revenues increased from $1.8 million to $3 million in 20 months.
Of course, any time we can find a training program that enhances key business outcomes (e.g., productivity, customer retention, quality, etc.), it will be easier to retain long-term: the company will promote it, employees will buy into the process, and all key stakeholders will benefit from the outcomes. It's important to understand the significance of this.
What our work has shown is that training goes well beyond improving life at work. We have repeatedly seen clear evidence where those who have learned these skills of practical wisdom, the focus of this training, substantially improve their lives outside of work as well as the lives of those they care most about.
A participant said family gatherings almost always ended in frustration, hurt feelings, and anger. Using the skills she learned in the Wonderful Life training, that ended. Instead, they had times together in which they greatly
appreciated their family--and they actually listened to each other.
A participant said she was seriously frustrated with her husband. After the training, she realized her frustration came from his extraordinary gift of compassion. She decided to join his efforts to care for others. Now, she says he is a great
gift to her.
In short, the participants are more likely to have a good life--while producing benefits that are attractive to business.
*The training provided is not professional counseling. If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, or depression-related symptoms, you are encouraged to seek professional counseling by a licensed practitioner.