Help Make the Laughing Heart Guide More Intelligent, Interactive and Personalized

Imagine if you could have your own personal intelligent guide dedicated to helping you, your friends, organization, or community cultivate and apply Laughing Heart whenever it can be most beneficial in the world:

  • A resource to develop steadiness and balance in hard times.
  • A trusted friend to guide you toward wise decisions.
  • A platform to connect you with interesting new friends and colleagues who share your passions.
  • A new way of learning and discovering surprising connections among seemingly unrelated domains of knowledge.
  • An immediate means to cascade acts of kindness and generosity in the world.
  • As many other ways as you can imagine and innovate to bring Laughing Heart into the world.

For Benefactors and Sponsors of the Laughing Heart App Initiative

Initial Donation Goal For This Project is $50,000. Use of Funds: To Build, Test, and Promote the Laughing Heart Intelligent Guide App in 2017. Donations of any amount you can afford are gratefully welcome. Please make your contribution directly to "Alliances for Discovery" via check or Paypal below, or if you prefer, to the The Santa Barbara Foundation earmarked for the Laughing Heart Initiative. All Santa Barbara residents have a lifetime free membership.

Charter Sponsor Packages

Springs of Amethysts - $100

  • Public Recognition as a Laughing Heart Charter Sponsor

Rivulets of Moonstones - $500

  • Amethysts awards plus:
  • Signed copy of Julian Gresser Piloting Through Chaos—The Explorers Mind(2013)
  • 5 free copies of the Intelligent Guide with one year memberships

Sparkles of Opal - $1K

  • All of Amethyst and Moonstone awards plus
  • 10 free copies of the Intelligent Guide with one year memberships
  • Public lecture, webinar, or other program in your honor
  • 3 signed copies of Julian Gresser Piloting Through Chaos—The Explorers Mind(2013)

Fountains of Pearls - $5K

  • All of Amethyst, Moonstone, and Opal awards plus:
  • Designation of favorite cause for Paying Forward in Laughing Heart Launch Celebration
  • Three (3)public lectures on Laughing Heart with attribution to benefactor
  • 5 signed copies of Julian Gresser Piloting Through Chaos—The Explorers Mind(2013)

Jade Eddies of Laughing Hearts - $10K

  • Amethysts, Moonstone, Opal, and Pearl awards, plus:
  • Specially published “smart” book celebrating charter sponsors and their contributions, updated quarterly.
  • Prominent visibility as a Charter Jade Sponsor on the Vital Santa Barbara web site and within the Laughing Heart Network
  • Bi-annual ½ day Laughing Heart Discovery Seminarsat office or transferable as a gift to favorite causes.

Sapphire Brooks of Laughing Hearts - $25K

  • All of Amethyst, Moonstone, Opal, Pearl, and Jade awards plus:
  • Two (2) Bi-annual ½ day Laughing Heart Discovery Seminarsat office or transferable as a gift to your favorite cause.
  • Free advertising as sponsor for Laughing Heart TV SBseries and public acknowledgement at Laughing Heart Community Workshop hosted by the Santa Barbara Center on Lifelong Learning.
  • Promotion and paying forward empowerment for three (3) causes of importance to Charter Sponsor.

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Ruby Streams of Laughing Hearts - $35K

  • All of the Amethyst, Moonstone, Opal, Pearl, Jade, and Sapphire awards plus:
  • 10 hours of dedicated free consulting time to community causes of highest priority to sponsor
  • One full day (1) training program with materials for organization of choice to Charter Sponsor.
  • Special prize award to designated cause of choice

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Diamond Rivers of Laughing Hearts - $50K

  • All of Amethyst, Moonstone, Opal, Sapphire, Ruby awards plus:
  • Two full day (1) training programs with materials for organizations of choice to Charter Sponsor.
  • Matching grants to designated organizations of choice any time within three years after release of Version 1.0 of the Intelligent, Interactive, Personalized Guide.

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The Laughing Heart Fund

The Laughing Heart Initiative is establishing a special Fund in collaboration with visionary philanthropists, corporations, and foundations to direct new sources of funding and other forms of support to causes and organizations that are applying Laughing Heart principles to relieve human suffering in all its manifestations. The goal of the Fund is to create compounding beneficial leverage by encouraging effective collaborative among receipts to maximize Laughing Heart Advantage for the largest number of beneficiaries. Financial and other support will be available through:

  • Special prizes
  • Direct Grants
  • Joint financing
  • Mobilizing volunteers and paying forward initiatives to designated beneficiaries
  • Celebrations
  • Client Co-branding
  • Other contributions in kind
  • Support for local communities


A Visitors Guide to the Guide

-transcript below-

Hello! My purpose is to provide a brief tour to facilitate your use and enjoyment of the Laughing Heart Guide.

First, please note the Guide is designed as a “living” work that grows and deepens by the week. This is a very different concept from an old fashioned book that once you put it down sits idly and lonely on its shelf.

We invite you to join us in exploring Laughing Heart in as many interesting dimensions as we can discover together. In fact, our goal is to offer a new way of navigating in the world that combines the sharpness and analytics of the mind with the vision, courage, compassion, and good judgment of the heart.

Please first note the introductory video. Our purpose here is to capture the sense of flow that is the essence of Laughing Heart.

Now please click any of the “More” buttons that appear at the bottom of each slide. Simply click the GUIDE button on the top left of the page to show the Table of Contents on the left side of the screen.

You may find the Introduction helpful as it provides an overview of the roots of Laughing Heart in western science and the world’s wisdom, healing, and martial arts traditions.

Please note the Guide is organized in 10 Essential Moves under four main headings: Experience, Explore, Apply, and Expand. We suggest you begin with Move # 1–Quieting the Heart since this is the foundation for all other moves. However, another way to play is to select any move that strikes your fancy. One of the interesting dimensions of Laughing Heart is every move is connected and embodies every other move. That means you can sharpen your understanding of all moves by simply exploring any one. They are holographic.

Once you arrive at any of the 10 Essential Moves, please scroll down to the very bottom where you will see the emoji and comment sections. We are keen to learn about your experiences and discoveries. We will protect your privacy. Your comments on the emoji are anonymous; other comments will be posted only with your prior approval and with attribution to you, if you so request.

Please also note on the upper right side of the screen the FEEDS button. This will show you breaking and popular good news articles linked to each move. The BLOG button will keep you current on new ideas and applications.

A dimension of Laughing Heart we hope you find particularly exciting is the chance to connect your increasing personal wellbeing and vitality to beneficial actions in the world. Moves 8-10 offer a magical way to Create Your Own Luck by passing on the good that comes your way to others. We encourage you to see if the Guide can help you attract sources of support to causes or issues that are closest to your own heart.

The section marked Expanding enables you to voyage through Laughing Heart into the Past and Future, and also introduces some master explorers whose lives embody some of the principles of Laughing Heart.

An exciting new frontier is to develop a Version 1.0 app based on the Guide. Imagine if you could have your own intelligent, interactive, and personalized Guide dedicated 24/7 to helping you, your organization or company discover the wisest and most exuberantly vital path to success in business, good health and wellbeing.  Please click THE FUND button (at the top right of every Guide page) to learn how to join Alliances for Discovery in bringing a Laughing Heart to brighten every field of human endeavor.

  1. From Kawohikukapulani “Boy” Kaimaka:

    Dear Julian,

    I very much enjoyed our conversation on the shuttle bus and also visiting your Laughing Heart web site. I see strong parallels between Laughing Heart and traditional Hawaiian culture. For example:

    • In the Hawaiian language the term “aloha” conveys I believe the subtlety of Laughing Heart. The first part “alo” expresses the sense of “everything” while “ha” is the living, vitalizing breath. Hence, aloha is connecting us by the living breath with everything.
    • Your reference in the Guide to the subtle energy known in Chinese and Japanese cultures as qi and ki have equivalents in the Hawaiian “mana.”   In our culture mana resides in the ha or breath. The ha is the source and vehicle for transmitting and receiving mana, and connecting us to healing and other protective spirits.
    • There are many words in Hawaiian for love that also includealoha: “My love” (E ku’u aloha) “To my love” (Ia iho ke aloha),“Beloved” (Ke aloha), “Let us fall in love all over again” (Ho’i hou ke aloha), “I love you” (Aloha au ia’ oe)
    • The first and most basic “move” in the Laughing Heart Field Guide of “Quieting the Heart” is very similar to the Hawaiian concept of “pono”—to be peaceful and calm—which nourishes aloha. The extension of Laughing Heart to an entire community in Move #10 (Celebrating Laughing Heart Advantage) lies also at the core of the alohacommunal spirit.
    • It would be marvelous to introduce Laughing Heart to Hawaii especially as it celebrates some of the deep wisdom our traditional Hawaiian way of life that is rapidly disappearing.

    Please contact me if I can be of further assistance to you.     Aloha!

    Kawohikukapulani “Boy” Kaimaka (

  2. From Julian Gresser:

    Thank you for your comment. During my visit to the Big Island, I re-read The Fatal Impact, Alan Moorehead’s poignant account of the destruction of traditional cultures of the Pacific by the Europeans. ( ) Like the Romans in Alexandria they came in peace and brought desolation.

    Is it possible that Laughing Heart can combine with the spirit of aloha and invite a 21st Renaissance of Hawaiian culture?

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