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Debbie Gisonni

Debbie Gisonni is a best selling author, holistic lifestyle advisor, and corporate leader who inspires people to make simple changes that radically improve their self-awareness, well-being and success. She was the CEO of Stillheart Institute, and one of the first and youngest women publishers in high tech as Publisher of Network Computing and Publishing Director of InternetWeek.

At the height of her tech career, Debbie’s personal life was shattered when four family members died in four years -- one from suicide. After these life-altering events, she embarked on a mission to help others navigate the ups and downs of life and work, from the tragic to the trivial. For fifteen years, she has advised business executives and individuals alike in adopting healthy lifestyle and work habits including meditation.

Often called “The Goddess of Happiness”, Debbie is the author of the nonfiction books, The Goddess of Happiness: A Down-to-Earth Guide for Heavenly Balance and Bliss and Vita’s Will: Real Life Lessons about Life, Death & Moving On. Her first novel, Note to Self: Love, was released in 2013. She has addressed audiences from corporate executives to women’s groups to teen girls.

Debbie has written articles and been featured in publications worldwide. Her blog appears on the San Francisco and Huffington Post. A charismatic speaker and media guest, she has been a guest on numerous radio and TV shows.

Debbie holds a B.S. in Business Administration and is certified in Health Coaching and Hypnotherapy. Originally from The Bronx, New York, she lives in Silicon Valley, California, with her husband and huskies. Her lifelong passions include food, fitness, fashion, health, and wellness.

Entries by Debbie Gisonni

Friends Give Your Life Meaning

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 12:37 PM

Do you remember your first best friend? Mine was Diane. We were 11 years old when she moved into my neighborhood with her mother, siblings and new stepfather right after her parents got divorced. We bonded instantly over commonalities such as sweaty hands, curly hair and our growing interest in...

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Is Your Teen Stressed? 12 Ways to Help

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 5:59 PM

Parent and peer pressure have always been heightened during teen years, however, the expectations placed on teens today seem higher than ever. And when those expectations can't be reached, teen stress builds.

Added to the pressure and need to be socially accepted by their peers, teens are expected to...

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Confused About What to Eat? 8 Strategies for Healthy Eating and Weight Loss

(6) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 11:04 AM

It's hard to believe there was ever a time when diet books didn't exist, when home-cooked meals were the norm not the exception, and when people intuitively ate what was good for them. With the plethora of information available today about food, diet and nutrition, we should all be healthier...

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3 Year-End Questions Worth Asking

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 9:25 AM

In between the holiday shopping, cooking and entertaining lies the perfect time for reflecting on the year gone by and setting the tone for the year to come. You can keep it simple by asking yourself these three questions.

What did you learn?

If you've taken a class, sat...

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10 Ways to Show People They Matter and Why It's Important

(3) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 5:12 PM

I recently had the pleasure of being one of the first inductees into the Happiness Hall of Fame, an organization that honors people who are advancing happiness in the world. I was thrilled to be among other inductees from all walks of life such as athletes (Bubba Paris),...

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10 Ways to Dream Big

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2014 | 3:33 PM

If Columbus taught us anything, it was to dream big. The 15th Century navigator and explorer endured failure, disappointment and ridicule before the journey that made him famous. Columbus Day is a good reminder to pursue your dreams, no matter what.

Here are 10 ways to dream big:

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Suicide Hurts: Love Heals

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 4:16 PM

When I heard the news about Robin William's apparent suicide, I quickly slipped into a deep sadness. I didn't know him personally, but I felt connected to him. We shared the same birthday (July 21), lived in the same area, and I've loved all of his work. Also, I know...

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Perfection is Overrated. Be Happy Instead

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 5:29 PM

When I was younger, I wanted the perfect nose -- one of those small, indistinctive noses that blends into the background of the model's face on a magazine cover. My Italian genetics, however, gave me another type of nose: a little long, a little bumpy, not terribly unpleasant, but definitely...

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Not All Smoothies Created Equal: 12 Tips for Making a Healthy Smoothie

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 10:14 AM

Growing up in an era where blenders were used for either milkshakes or frozen margaritas (depending on your age and time of day), I didn't feel bad when my twenty year old blender finally conked out on me. After all, milkshakes got me bloated and margaritas got me loaded. I...

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Dez coisas que os cachorros ensinam sobre o que realmente importa

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 5:04 PM

Tenho contato com cachorros desde minha infância e sempre adorei a companhia dos nossos amigos de quatro patas. Quando disse para o meu marido que queria um cachorro, a princípio ele não ficou muito empolgado com a ideia. Eu estava viajando muito a trabalho na época, e ele sabia que...

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Dez coisas que os cachorros ensinam sobre o que realmente importa

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 4:08 PM

Tenho contato com cachorros desde minha infância e sempre adorei a companhia dos nossos amigos de quatro patas. Quando disse para o meu marido que queria um cachorro, a princípio ele não ficou muito empolgado com a ideia. Eu estava viajando muito a trabalho na época, e ele sabia que...

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10 Things Dogs Teach Us About What Matters Most

(43) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 8:13 AM

I've been around dogs since my childhood and have always loved being in the company of our four-legged friends. When I told my husband I wanted a dog, he wasn't too thrilled with the idea at first. I was traveling a lot for work at the time, and he knew...

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How to Live Life to the Fullest

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 1:29 PM

If life were a pair of Levi's jeans, what would yours look like? Would they be worn and faded, thinning in spots, soft to the touch with the hem unraveling? Or would they be crisp and clean with perfect creases and the tags still on them? If you live your...

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How to Turn Wedding Stress Into Wedding Bliss

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 7:18 PM

Wedding season is in full swing, but often the big event that is supposed to be filled with love and happiness is consumed with stress and guilt for the blissful couple. It doesn't and shouldn't have to be that way. You can reduce your wedding stress and create an enjoyable...

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5 Ways to Nurture Your Spirit

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 4:24 PM

The body, mind and spirit thrive if you nurture them. Since they are all connected into one being--you, optimum health can only be achieved when all three areas are balanced. The body needs healthy food and regular exercise. The mind needs stimulation and challenge. And the spirit (your true essence)...

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How to Turn Wishful Thinking Into Positive Results

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 6:21 PM

March is Optimism Month, and although some of us seem to be born more optimistic than others (I'll admit, I am a Pollyanna), anyone can learn to be more optimistic. While words and thoughts do create positive or negative energy in your life, it's not only the words, but the...

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Ten Free Valentine's Gifts For Women

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 3:50 PM

Six weeks after the big year end holidays, another gift-giving holiday appears -- Valentine's Day. While this day is limited to only one gift for a loved one, it can still present financial and emotional challenges, particularly when buying gifts for women.

If you have the means to buy...

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Note to Self: Love Your Body

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 1:22 PM

January is self-love month, and there's no better place to start than with your body, especially areas like cellulite. I've always eaten healthy foods, exercised regularly, and never needed to lose weight. One of my doctors used to say I was boring because all my tests (blood, cholesterol, blood pressure,...

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Celebrate Diversity and Practice Tolerance This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 11:47 AM

Have you ever considered what a gift it is to live in a country where you can freely interact with people of different races, religions, genders, nationalities, opinions and lifestyles? America is as much of a melting pot as it is a nation of people with unique differences -- most...

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How and Why to Give This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 2:48 PM

As savings and disposable income get pinched from buying gifts for friends and family during the holidays, many people stop giving to their favorite charities.

Studies have shown that giving to others actually has a positive physical effect on our bodies and mood. The more we give,...

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