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

Footnotes and References


( 1) Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage—Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work 2010.

(2) Andrew Marvel, To His Coy Mistress 1681



(2) Neurocardiology


(4) See Li Jing, “The meaning of the Chinese cultural key word, xin.”(monograph linked)

(5) Robert Becker and Gary Seldon, The Body Electric: Electoromagnetism and the Foundation of Life (1985)

(6) Science Measure the Quantum

(7) Carolyn Purnell, The Sensational Past: How the Enlightenment Changed the Way We Use Our Senses 2017.

I. Experiencing Laughing Heart

Move # 1—Quieting The Heart

The Longevity Economy (pdf)

The Physiology of Tai Chi and QiGong

Bonus: Keith Jarret Shenandoah

Quieting the Heart: Last words of Stonewall Jackson: “Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.”

Move # 2—Finding Your Power—Becoming a Great Wave

(1) Surfing is closely akin to Laughing Heart. In both surfing and Laughing Heart we can step into a flow state as this great movie records. Step Into Liquid 

Move # 3—Discovering Beauty

(1) Neuroesthetics  International Neuroaesthetics Network

(2) Neuroaesthetics2

Move # 4—Connecting to Nature

(1) The following two interviews with Stephen Harrod Buhner provide deep insights into the role of heart as a communication center with all of nature. Two of his many seminal works are particularly relevant to the cultivation of Laughing Heart or Big Heart Intelligence: Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal World (2014), and The Secret Teachings of Plants (2004).

Stephen Buhner – Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Part One

Exploring Laughing Heart

Move # 5—Downloading Creative Genius in Music

(1) Two useful references are: Don Campell, Music and Miracles 1992 and Don Campell, The Mozart Effect 1997. Also on Pythagoras and the harmony of the spheres

Move # 6– The Explorers Wheel–Connecting Laughing Heart with Everything

(1) Julian Gresser, Piloting Through Chaos—The Explorers Mind 2013

Move # 7—Enhancing Your Immunity by Love

Innate Immune System

Zhan zhuang

Neuroscience reveals the secrets of meditation’s benefits

Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi by Roger Jahnke (pdf)

Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi

Thich Nhat Hanh How to Eat 2014

Movie—Love Actually 

Movie—Sweet Bean

Tango—The Dance of Heart

Move # 8—Paying Forward

(1) Science of Paying Forward

(2) Creating a Pay Forward Economy

Move # 9—Creating Your Own Luck



Move # 10—Realizing Laughing Heart Advantage through Emergent Art™

(1) Beyond Shared Value: Character as Corporate DestinyIt has been often observed that when we restore a sense of connection for a very ill person to his or her family and community, healing begins. I saw this first hand as a child when I visited Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s clinic in Lamberene, West Africa. The great doctor would encourage his patients to bring their entire household along with them—dogs, ducks, chickens, wives, husbands—to create a familiar and nourishing environment. (The director of the “modern” hospital across the Ogowe river lamented that very few villagers were coming for treatment, notwithstanding its advanced instruments and facility.) I relearned the principle many years later from my friend, the late Reverend Mitsuo Aoki, known as the “Mother Teresa of Hawaii. Dr. Aoki worked with dying cancer patients. Virtually all his patients he told me were spiritually at peace and happy in their lives, and many were in physical remission as a consequence, he believed, of the caring environment of his ministries.

(2) Cultural Vitality in Communities. See also, Grant H. Kester, The One and the Many 2011; another source is social practice art

(3) These will be part of Version 1.0 of the Laughing Heart app we hope to release by the fall 2017.

(4) Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage 2015




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