She says the launch of her business is timely because of the overwhelming stress caused by these difficult economic times.

“More than 75 percent of Americans are struggling with chronic stress and fatigue, and I have found that professionals and emerging leaders are at a loss for inspiration with redefining their success,” Ruka said. “I discovered my calling when I experienced my own battle of burn out and decided to ‘get happy,’ and help others learn how to hit the reset button by creating an online self development and support site.”

The Montecito resident is the founder of “The Get Happy Zone,” a boutique inspirational company formed to advance self development to an elevated level. “The aim is to provide a deeper approach for crystallizing a person’s uniqueness, so that millions of people will benefit from their gifts and the world will co-exist with harmony and fulfillment,” she said.

Her philosophy is: “As we experience a paradigm shift, there is a need to move to the next level of yourself and you no longer need to do this by yourself.”

The Get Happy Zone offers tools, a forthcoming e-book and a free lifestyle network for cultivating conscious happiness among experts, professionals and aspiring leaders to collectively encourage positive growth through friendship and mentoring.

“I am a right-brain girl who has succeeded in a left-brain world,” Ruka said. “I mastered the use of my whole brain combining the love of art and science in a business capacity.”

Her approach reflects her training as an art psychotherapist at Hahnemann University and Medical School, in combination with her corporate background. In 1996, Ruka’s passion for health and education led her into a career in marketing for the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. Her leadership in treatment areas, such as anxiety, cardiovascular disease, depression, HIV, infectious diseases and women’s health have been recognized with many awards. Through partnerships with researchers and thought leaders around the world, Ruka’s skills have launched several brands that reached the billion-dollar sales level.

The culmination of her 24-year quest and experience is embodied in her forthcoming ebook, “Am I Living in My Right Mind ? How to hit the Reset Button to Create the Life you Deserve,” a creative map for self-discovery, actualization, inner peace and fulfillment.


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