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. A charismatic speaker and media guest, she is the CEO of Stillheart Institute, and was one of the first and youngest women publishers in high tech, as Publisher of Network Computing and Publishing Director who launched InternetWeek.
At the height of her corporate career, her personal life was shattered when four family members died in four years—one from suicide. After these life-altering events, Debbie 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, and her clients at Stillheart Institute range from spiritual gurus to corporate leaders.
Debbie has written articles and been featured in publications worldwide. Her “Health and Happiness” column appears on the San Francisco Examiner.com and her blog on Huffington Post. She has been a guest on numerous radio and TV shows.
Debbie holds a B.S. in Business Administration and is a certified hypnotherapist. 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.
Note to Self: Love
Women's Contemporary Fiction
Morgan Miller came to Manhattan with big dreams of becoming a Broadway star, but eight years later, she’s still a single waitress in an Italian restaurant with a bad boy boyfriend. Fed up with her life, she plans to end it, but not before her mani-pedi, blow-dry and make-up appointments. She intends to look fabulous for her final performance!
When Morgan’s plan takes an unexpected turn, she ends up in a coma, but able to hear and see everything going on around her, including a beautiful spirit guide. Together, they embark on a humorous and reflective journey through Morgan’s life, served up with a delicious side dish of New York Italian food and culture. Morgan discovers the shocking secrets about her family, her boyfriend, and the stranger who saved her.
When time starts running out, Morgan wonders if she will ever live again—for herself, for love, and of course, for pasta!
"For anyone who's ever felt “not good enough” (and haven’t we all), this story will entertain and inspire you. You won’t want to put it down!” Marci Shimoff #1 NY Times Bestselling Author, Happy for No Reason, Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul
"Riveting. Provocative. Unforgettable. Gisonni takes us to the edge of life and death, to a place where love prevails." Pamela Wible, M.D., Author, Pet Goats & Pap Smears
"If you want a great, uplifting and inspiring story, this book is for you. As a busy mom and business owner I rarely spend time reading books these days. This book drew me in start to finish.” Christy Whitman NY Times Bestselling Author
The Goddess of Happiness: A Down-to-Earth Guide for Heavenly Balance and Bliss
Discover how to make your life easier and happier in work, love and home. Debbie Gisonni, aka The Goddess of Happiness, shows that happiness is a choice that anyone can make, anytime and anywhere. In 44 dynamic entries, such as “Let Your Passion Flow”, “Rise Above Fear” and “Find the Balance”, she shares stories, insights, and humor as well as simple suggestions to bring out the radiant, modern Goddess in every woman. Each chapter includes an affirmation and personal journaling space. Beautifully packaged with color art throughout, it’s fun to read and share with friends.
“...a perfect gift for girlfriends on the go.” - Publisher’s Weekly.
Vita's Will: Real Life Lessons about Life, Death & Moving On
In Vita's Will, Debbie Gisonni weaves a unique combination of coping strategies, spirituality, and humor with an unbelievable course of events - a time in her life when she lost four family members in four years to brain tumors, cancer and suicide while holding executive positions in the high-tech industry. Debbie tells us how she stayed sane and happy through it all and the lessons she learned that could help others with their own life challenges. Part memoir, part self-help, this book will move you to tears and laughter. Her 44 real life lessons and nightly chats with God will stay with you long after you've finished reading it.
“The book is a fascinating look at Gisonni’s transformation from a high-powered Silicon Valley player to an empowered community contributor.” San Jose Mercury News
“Besides a skillfully written, compelling narrative, what elevates Vita’s Will above the ego-tripping triteness often found in self-published memoirs is Gisonni’s remarkable candor about her own emotional torment.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Another marvelous text to extend our insights.”Palo Alto Daily News
“It's a self-help book that reads like a piece of fiction. All that is purely intentional.”
The San Francisco Peninsula Independent