Empowering Heart-Based Living


is an internationally -acclaimed research and education center, founded in 1991 near the silicon valley in Northern California.  HeartMath carries out pioneering research in such areas as emotional physiology, heart-brain interactions and the psychophysiology of learning and optimal performance.  The Institute has published research in many peer-reviewed scientific journals, including the American Journal of Cardiology, the Journal of Advancement in Medicine, and Stress in Medicine.  This work has also been featured in media as Education Week, Harvard Business Review, CNN and Newsweek.  

The Institute develops practical tools that help people improve their health, performance, and overall quality of life.  The Institute works with a wide range of organizations such as Stanford University, NASA, Royal Dutch Shell, several U.S. Olympic teams and over 500 school districts in the United States and abroad.   This page illustrates and provides links to find more information about or to aquire some of these tools online.  If you would like more details or someone to come to do training at your school for teachers or district staff please contact Sandra Bolognia at 561-689-8318 or bolognia@comcast.net

The Institute of HeartMath...

What is Stress?

Stress is often misunderstood. Many people look at outside events as the source of stress, but, in fact, the experience of stress is actually caused by our emotional reactions to events. A response to stress is expressed as resistance, tension, strain, or frustration and it throws off our mental and emotional equilibrium, keeping us out of sync. Two people in identical circumstances may respond in very different ways (e.g., one may get outwardly reactive, the other tired and withdrawn) depending upon how they perceive the situation. One thing is certain, stress not only affects our attitudes and outlook, it can also affect our health. By changing how we respond to stressful situations we can change our physiological response to stress.

Stress and eating

Experts now agree that 75% or more of overeating is caused by emotional stress, which means that a lot of us are using food to cope with our feelings. In today's high-stress society, many of us, adults and children, eat high fat or high sugar foods to soothe emotions or relieve stress and anxiety.  You can change your eating habits by changing your reaction to stress.


HeartMath has tools that can help. View the free emWave Program for Stopping Emotional Eating webinar and start your journey toward a healthier you.