Dallas, Texas – May 3, 2016 – On newsstands today, Live Happy cover star Jesse Tyler Ferguson shares in the May/June issue why he chooses to forgo comfort in favor of living a rich, vibrant life on the edge. Ferguson, who says he uses risk as a motivator, puts his mantra to the test this month by starring in the one-man Broadway show Fully Committed, lending his voice to Ice Age: Collision Course and continuing his role as a member the ABC hit comedy Modern Family.
Live Happy magazine devotes its May/June issue to finding new ways for all to flourish and as a result experience deeper engagement at work, at home and everywhere in between. This month’s issue combines scientific research on happiness with practical advice from experts, readers and celebrities to embrace the full spectrum of emotions that comes with living a fulfilling life.
“Instead of just checking off the tasks we all have to tackle each day, we brought together new ways to encourage a sense of authenticity to these activities at work, with family and in your social life,” says Deborah K. Heisz, Live Happy’s co-founder, CEO and editorial director. “Building each day’s schedule around what is truly important creates a fulfilling lifestyle that sets us up to flourish.”
Among the features in the May/June issue, readers will find:
Jesse Tyler Ferguson is “FULLY COMMITTED” – If taking risks is the key to happiness, then consider Jesse Tyler Ferguson the happiest man on earth. Committing to a role of more than 40 characters in his one-man Broadway show, aptly titled Fully Committed, is just one of the actors’ most recent ventures along with lending his voice to the new Ice Age movie and continuing his beloved Emmy-nominated role in Modern Family. Ferguson knows he has a lot on his plate, but that doesn’t stop him from enjoying time with his husband, entertaining guests and spending any extra time in the kitchen. Readers learn the five items that Ferguson can’t cook without and how to mimic his favorite recipes from his new food blog on his website, JesseTylerFerguson.com.
“HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE, AGAIN” – Last month, more than 70 cities around the world celebrated the third annual, U.N.-sanctioned International Day of Happiness with Live Happy by hosting happiness walls and posting thousands of #HappyActs. View inspiring photos from cities such as New York City and Manhattan Beach in California to join the action. The happiness walls featured a variety of activities including celebrities, clowns and laughter yoga, plus lots of smiles as people around the country joined together to spread joy.
Niecy Nash is featured in “HAPPINESS IS HER STYLE” – Tragedy struck Niecy Nash’s life when her mother was critically injured in a shooting and again with the loss of her brother, but this sadness taught her what a gift comedy can be. Once she realized she wanted to make people laugh, there was no going back. Nash, starring in TV Land’s The Soul Man and FOX’s Scream Queens, reveals why she chooses her attitude like she chooses her outfit and how her tumultuous journey led her down a path of positivity.
“BEYOND HAPPINESS” – The term “flourishing” describes a mental state characterized by positive feelings and functioning. Readers will learn five essential tips on how to flourish within their own lives that will then promote positivity within the lives of those around them. Additionally, people who flourish at the office are proved to be more productive. Readers can jump-start their journeys with “33 Ideas to Flourish at Work.”
Actor Michael Emerson lives “A LIFE LESS COMPLICATED” – Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Emerson plays a mysterious tech genius in Person of Interest. But in real life, Emerson revels in the simple joys of reading a book, watching an old TV show and spending time with his wife and dog to bring happiness to his life.
“MAKE-A-WISH: WHERE SCIENCE AND HOPE MEET" – The Make-a-Wish Foundation promotes a string of positive effects by granting wishes for sick children. Follow the stories of wish granters and grantees as they share the impacts that Make-a-Wish has had on their lives and families. From trips to Europe to paving pathways in a backyard, even the most impossible wishes come to life, which promotes a sense of hope for those who need it most.
Readers will also learn the power of personal storytelling. Taking 20 minutes to write about your experiences will exercise your mind and even improve physical function! This issue also provides advice on how to stay engaged at work, the two nutrients that boost your body and brain, and why when it comes to wine, you should pour another glass—and more!
In March, Deborah K. Heisz and the editors of Live Happy debuted their first book: Live Happy: Ten Practices for Choosing Joy (HarperElixir) brings together the latest research on what practices and actions contribute to a happy life, with 40 inspiring celebrity and real-life stories. Learn more at LiveHappy.com.
Live Happy also goes beyond the pages with Live Happy Now, an inspiring free weekly audio podcast on iTunes that offers interviews with top researchers and experts in the fields of positive psychology and well-being. Readers can also visit LiveHappy.com and the newly launched espanol.LiveHappy.com for even more information on finding and sharing happiness.
Live Happy is available on newsstands at major retailers throughout the U.S., including Barnes & Noble, Whole Foods and Hudson News, and in Canada at Presse Commerce newsstands, among others. Live Happy’s award-winning digital edition is available from the App Store and on Google Play, and current subscribers receive complimentary access on their tablet devices and smartphones. Separate digital subscriptions are available for $9.99 at livehappy.com.
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About Live Happy
Live Happy LLC, owned by veteran entrepreneur Jeff Olson, is a company dedicated to promoting and sharing authentic happiness through education, integrity, gratitude and community awareness. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, its mission is to impact the world by bringing the happiness movement to a personal level and inspiring people to engage in purpose-driven, healthy, meaningful lives.