Joyful living from the heart is intentional living rather than living by default. It involves, mindfulness, following your intuition and using your heart consciously, actively and dynamically to have dominion over your health, your happiness and to live your greatest potential. Living from the heart gives you the resilience to be happy regardless of the circumstances around you.

Each person has three brains, the head, heart and gut brain. The gut brain is your resource for body awareness and intuition. Living from the heart integrates all three brains for expanded awareness and intentional living. This is the how and tao of joyful living. Living from the heart is both a science and an art.

The Science. Scientifically proven benefits of living from the heart, as per HeartMath Institute® :

  • boosts immune system and supports better health
  • physical flexibility, strength and endurance
  • greatly reduces long-term harmful effects of stress (central nervous system)
  • gives you greater ability to prepare for and deal with adversity
  • boosts cognitive function
  • gives you greater ability to focus, longer attention span
  • positive outlook, not so triggered by external circumstances
  • increases creativity
  • increases intuitive capacity

The Art of living from the heart. Mindfulness stops the mental chatter so you can be fully present. Resilience, the ability to prepare for and cope well with adversity, begins the process of utilizing the heart to be happier, physically, emotionally and mentally healthier and more intuitive. Living from the heart takes you deeper into your self discovery. Who are you? How can living from the heart empower your voice? Are you living the life you really want to live? What role does your heart play in helping you manifest the life you want in terms of work, play, prosperity, relationships, creativity…How can living from the heart help you heal your past and change limiting beliefs? Living from the heart isn’t about any certain philosophy or dogma, its a way of being that maximizes your potential for living your best life.

 At Happy People Happy Planet, we promote happiness and heart-centered living through retreats and workshops, one on one joyful living from the heart coaching, healing sessions, I Ching Drumming and a fabulous mindfulness app, Be Tao Now ~ I Ching Drumming for Triumphant Living! We want you to be happy, because happy people make a happy planet!

The stress of modern day living can take its toll by affecting our health, vitality, state of mind and overall enjoyment of life. In fact, stress is what leads many to explore wellness, mindfulness and resilience.  Joyful living is more than just stress relief. It is an art as well as a science. Joyful living involves various factors, such as releasing and renewing energy, having dominion over thoughts and emotions and balancing heart and head.  True happiness is not dependent on external circumstances. It is a conscious choice and a state of being that can be cultivated.

A happy life depends on resilience, the ability to prepare for and bounce back from adversity. Life can feel like a roller coaster ride reeling from one stressful situation to another. Its the little daily stresses that deplete our energy over time. Resilience saves your body from the wear and tear of stress, keeping depletion and disease at bay. This is why resilience training is a vital component to healthy living. Without your health, what do you have?

What Science can tell us about using the heart for empowered living*

•There are more impulses from heart to brain than brain to the heart

• Energy of the heart can be measured 3-6 feet away whereas brain energy can be measured only an inch away.

*Research conducted by HeartMath Institute®.

What does this mean? Your most dynamic empowered living involves actively using your heart. We offer simple, yet effective tools utilizing the heart, which, when used consistently, will change your life for the better, making you happier, healthier, more productive, more effective and less reliant on events and outer circumstances for your happiness.

Brain synapses. What you think about matters. Your thoughts create synapses in the brain that tell your DNA what to do. Happy thoughts create health and vitality and more to be happy about. Unhappy thoughts create constriction, disease and discomfort. In other words, your happiness is key to living a healthy, productive life. Your happiness matters!

Mindfulness plays a key role in being happy. As children, we didn’t need mindful practices, we lived them. Do you remember being a child and getting hurt while playing? You cried, got up and started playing again. You were in the present moment. That’s what mindfulness does, it acts as a bridge to bring stillness to the moments of everyday life. It also creates pathways to letting go, an essential component of happiness, and reinforces your aptitude for resilience.

Resilience. The HeartMath Institute has researched the science of the heart for over 25 years and tells us resilience is “the capacity to prepare for, recover from, and adapt in the face of stress, adversity and challenges.” Resilience gives you “the ability to remain calmer, think more clearly, be in control of your mind and emotions.” Stress takes a toll on health and happiness. Resilience is key to living a happy, long, healthy, productive life!

Gratitude. What you appreciate grows. And gratitude makes you feel good! A gratitude journal for 3 weeks can have lasting effects for 6 months according to Bob Emmons, Professor of Psychology at UC Davis and leading researcher in the field of gratitude and author of Thanks: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier.

Purpose, passion and aspiring are all elements of the joy factor. Finding meaning in life, living with gusto, aspiring towards goals, towards being a person who leaves a legacy of good, of giving to loved ones, or back to society, all of these are part of the makeup of happy, fulfilled people.

Balance, balance, balance, balance work and play, Balance, balance, balance, every single day!

OK, so you may not be able to balance it all out in terms of time. After all, there are at least 10 hours a day devoted to getting to work and actually working if you’re like most people. Then, if you have children, there’s time devoted to caring for them. But, you can make time work for you.

When you know the ins and outs joyful living and what makes you tick, then work can become play, routine tasks can have meaning, heart and head work together, you’re more focused on joy, creating the synapses of health, vitality and resilience, resulting in a beautiful, prosperous life. You see? Anyone can learn the How and Tao of Joyful Living!

Resilience Advantage™ Training for Groups or Companies

  • Science based training in 1 hour, 2 hour, half day or full day workshops or retreats
  • Optional: booklets, EmWave Pro – a biofeedback device to measure coherence levels

*Informal research shows some people are able to achieve higher coherence scores faster when coupled with the Peace Drumming rhythm from the app, Be Tao Now ~ I Ching Drumming for Triumphant Living! http://betaonow.com

Heart Coaching for Groups and Individuals

Resilience Advantage Training is scientifically based and acts as a solid foundation for living from the heart. “Personal coherence, also known as psychophysiological coherence, refers to the synchronization of our physical, mental and emotional systems. It can be measured by our heart-rhythm patterns: The more balanced and smooth they are, the more in sync, or coherent we are. Stress levels recede, energy levels increase and our brain and what HeartMath calls the “heart brain” work together.” Doc Childre, Founder, HeartMath Institute.

Core Heart Coaching

        • Grounding Exercises for body awareness, releasing and renewing energy
        • Using heart for:
          • Building new neural pathways to break old patterns or create new good habits
          • Empathy and team building
          • Tapping into greater intuition for choice making
          • Visioning process as a group for projects – or individually for life goals
          • Powering up purpose and passion


              • I Ching Drumming and Laughter Yoga for:
                  • Stress Relief
                  • Team Building
                  • Increased Productivity
                  • Relief of physical pain symptoms
                  • Boosting immune system
                  • Brain hemispheric balancing
                  • Increasing cognitive functioning and problem solving
                  • Enhancing creativity


Contact us so you can experience greater health and vitality, better cognitive function, productivity, creativity and happiness!