Live Happy: Ten Practices for Choosing Joy

Live Happy: Ten Practices for Choosing Joy

by Deborah K. Heisz


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An eye-opening shift of perspective on the secret of authentic happiness: how surprisingly simple, everyday acts lead to lifelong joy and fulfillment, from the experts at Live Happy magazine.

We are all increasingly hungry for soul-deep happiness. All over the globe, from the hallways of Harvard, where the university’s most popular course is a class on positive psychology, to the United Nations’ resolution naming March 20th the International Day of Happiness, the question of how to be authentically happy concerns millions of lives today.

But what if the secret of lasting happiness is actually . . . simple? Now, in Live Happy, the editors of Live Happy magazine, the first lifestyle publication dedicated to the timeless quest to achieve authentic happiness, reveal that true happiness is all about the big impact of small acts of everyday happiness.

Organized around the key components of a happy life, from gratitude to attitude and play to purpose, Live Happy brings together illuminating real-life happiness stories, eye-opening examinations on the science of happiness, and simple and inspiring everyday “happy acts” to empower readers to achieve big happiness breakthroughs.

Authentic happiness is within reach—and Live Happy shows readers how they can manifest it not only in their own lives but also make a positive and lasting difference in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062442291
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/15/2016
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Deborah K. Heisz is the cofounder, COO, and editorial director of Live Happy magazine and former founding editor-in-chief of Success magazine. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her spouse, three children, and their dogs.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

The Truth About Happiness 7


Discovering and Achieving Dreams Mary Miller 22

Saying Yes to Life Jason Mraz 26

Taking Note of the Good Susan Bender Phelps 29

Cooking forward Hoda Kotb 33

The Science Behind the Wisdom of a Positive Attitude 37

Get Happy! 45


When Happiness Experts Fall in Love Shawn Achor Michelle Gielan 51

More to Love Gary Vicki Flenniken 55

Happy at Work Jenn Lim Tony Hsieh 59

Judy Kirkwood and Gretchen Brant: Friends for Life's Ups and Downs 62

The Science Behind the Wisdom of Positive Relationships 65

Get Happy! 72


Performing a Service Alastair Moock 77

Jumping Off the Career Track Kerry Stallo 80

Delivering Cheer Rebecca Weiss 84

Helping Others Succeed Dan Miller 88

The Science Behind the Wisdom of Meaning 92

Get Happy! 96


Making Creativity a Priority Ben Hotly Raynes 101

Writing Myself Happy Stephanie Dolgoff 105

Reinventing Himself Billi Kid 109

Finding a New Voice Levon Helm 112

The Science Behind the Wisdom of Creativity 115

Get Happy! 124


Giving with a Thankful Heart Ryan Bell 129

The Healing Power of Gratitude Kristin A. Meekhof 133

Committed to Gratitude Brandon Mancine 136

The Power of Gratitude Joan Lewis 139

The Science Behind the Wisdom of Gratitude 142

Get Happy! 148


Savoring the Moment Gretchen Rubin 153

Pursuing Happiness Adam Shell 156

On Becoming Mindful Barb Schmidt 159

Ever Mindful Alanis Morissette 163

The Science Behind the Wisdom of Mindfulness 166

Get Happy! 172


A Shift for Good Tory Johnson 177

Everything Can Wait Arianna Huffington 180

One Step at a Time Natalie Wilgoren 183

Ninety-Five Years Young Roy Rowan 187

The Science Behind the Wisdom of Health 191

Get Happy! 196


Soldiering On Rhonda Cornum 201

The Beauty of Blindness Sabriye Tenberken 205

Thriving After a Financial Crisis Lauren Mark Greutman 209

Always a Mom Celeste Peterson 213

The Science Behind the Wisdom of Resilience 217

Get Happy! 222


Finding Unconditional Love Mathew Newburger 227

Wishing Others Well Laura Benanti 230

Nature as Her Cathedral Stephanie von Hirschberg 234

A Twist of faith Shane Claiborne 237

The Science Behind the Wisdom of Spirituality 241

Get Happy! 245

Giving Back

Michele Larsen and The Joy Team: Changing Lives by Sharing Messages of Joy 251

The Gift of Giving Kenrick Wagner 255

The Gift of Time Niki Taylor 258

Can Happy Acts Change Me? Monya Williams 261

Helping, Her Way Stacy Kaiser 266

The Science Behind the Wisdom of Giving Back 269

Get Happy! 273

Closing Happy Thoughts 275

Acknowledgements 279

Notes 283

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