What is HeartMath?
HeartMath Institute is a non-profit educational & research organization founded by Doc Childre in California in 1991 with a vision to help people of all ages reconnect with their hearts, feel the balance and revitalization through stress reduction and learn to self-regulate their feelings.
The heart has been considered the source of emotion, courage and wisdom for centuries. For more than 30 years, the HeartMath Institute Research Center has explored the physiological mechanisms by which the heart and brain communicate and how the activity of the heart influences our perceptions, emotions, intuition and health. In the early 1990s, we were among the first to conduct research that not only looked at how stressful emotions affect the activity in the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and the hormonal and immune systems, but also at the effects of emotions such as appreciation, compassion and care.
We now have a much deeper scientific understanding of many of our original questions that explains how and why heart activity affects mental clarity, creativity, emotional balance, intuition and personal effectiveness. Our and others’ research indicates the heart is far more than a simple pump. The heart is, in fact, a highly complex information-processing center with its own functional brain, commonly called the heart brain, that communicates with and influences the cranial brain via the nervous system, hormonal system and other pathways. These influences affect brain function and most of the body’s major organs and play an important role in mental and emotional experience and the quality of our lives.
We believe that everyone’s heart has wisdom and intelligence, which helps us move forward through adversities. By discovering the intelligence of our hearts, we discover ways to rebalance the challenges of everyday life.
Why the Resilience Advantage Solution?
Resilience and Emotion Self-Regulation
Our emotions infuse life with a rich texture and transform our conscious experience into a meaningful living experience. Emotions determine what we care about and what motivates us. They connect us to others and give us the courage to do what needs to be done, to appreciate our successes, to protect and support the people we love and have compassion and kindness for those who are in need of our help. Emotions are also what allow us to experience the pain and grief of loss. Without emotions, life would lack meaning and purpose.
Emotions and resilience are closely related because emotions are the primary drivers of many key physiological processes involved in energy regulation. We define resilience as the capacity to prepare for, recover from and adapt in the face of stress, adversity, trauma or challenge. Therefore, it follows that a key to sustaining good health, optimal function and resilience is the ability to manage one’s emotions.
The Resilience Advantage Program
What is the “The Resilience Advantage” program?
The Resilience Advantage program is a science-based workshop used by major hospital systems, Fortune 500 companies, and private trainers and consultants worldwide. Through research and simple tools, technologies and compassionate inspiration, The Resilience Advantage workshop teaches practical day-to-day applications that elevate our life experience, adding heart qualities of care, courage, focus, gratitude, dignity and kindness.
These attributes ignite passion and inspire performance – turning average days into exceptional. These same tools provide the much-needed emotional and mental strength required to face defeat, resignation, fear, anxiety, frustration, and other challenges. This is the essence of Resilience.
Optimizing health, performance, and well-being in the workplace creates cheerful and resilient individuals and organizations and, at the same time, happy families and societies.
Studies conducted with over 11.500* people have shown improvements in mental and emotional well-being in just 6-9 weeks using HeartMath training and technology:
24% improvement in the ability to focus
30% improvement in sleep
38% improvement in calmness
46% drop in anxiety
48% drop in fatigue
56% drop in depression
*N= 11,903 Percent of individuals responding often to always-on normed and validated pre and post Personal and Organizational Quality Assessment (POQA-R