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Founded in 1974 by John Hanley, Sr., Ph.D., Lifespring played a major role in spearheading one of the most successful and important human development movements in history. Lifespring trainings, despite being unprecedented, met with immediate success.

Within eight years of its founding, Lifespring had commissioned rigorous scientific analysis to examine the effects of the Lifespring trainings on its participants.

Eminent researchers from such institutions as the University of California School of Medicine and Stanford Medical School conducted in-depth analysis of the before-and-after and long-term effects that Lifespring had on the hundreds of thousands of people who were taking part in their experiential trainings. The research, by overwhelming statistical margins, allowed a consensus statement: Lifespring trainings led to improvements in participants' "self-confidence, self-esteem, lowered job stress, a heightened sense of control in life, and a more positive and pleasurable range of events and experiences in their lives." A large percentage of Lifespring graduates ranked the trainings as one of the most valuable experiences of their life.

This web site introduces and highlights the work of prominent researchers who studied and detailed the effects that the Lifespring training generally produced. The overarching trends of the research conclusions reveal the larger success of experiential education in becoming a major force in global thinking, as revealed by the many offshots of Lifespring's foundational work and the intangible and unchronicled effects which will only be grasped with the gift of time's historical perspective.

Lifespring Scientific Research Articles:

Scientific Inquiry: A Report on Independent Studies of the Lifespring Trainings

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