Written by : Emily Wise Miller 

Take Charge Like Ming-Na Wen in Our New Issue

In our action-packed February issue, we catch up with not one but two on-screen action heroes, Ming-Na Wen of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Theo Rossi, known for his breakaway roles in Luke Cage and Sons of Anarchy. In addition, we ask five experts for their tips on how to turn over a new leaf in 2017—in every realm from food to finance. And we explore the myriad benefits of exercise: We all know we should be hitting the gym (or the pavement) more often, but new research shows just how important that workout is for our mental and emotional state of mind.

Agent of Positivity

Actress Ming-Na Wen, star of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., has become a role model at age 53, with a new book in the works and a burgeoning brand, #Wenever. Learn how this age-defying, butt-kicking superhero manages it all.

Move Like You Mean It

The overindulgences of the holidays are over and New Year’s resolutions are being uttered and scribbled. The gym parking lots are full. But will you be one of the many who drop those resolutions as soon as February rolls around? Not if you discover the positive power of movement. In this issue, we bring you two back-to-back features on the mental, physical and emotional benefits of exercise, including stories of individuals who have changed their lives by putting their bodies in motion.

Building Your Best Life

Discover the latest theory in creative goal setting, called “design thinking.” Dave Evans and Bill Burnett, the authors of the best-selling Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived Joyful Life share the concepts and practices behind their popular Stanford class. By thinking like a designer, you can plan and implement your dream life—instead of just letting life happen to you.

Theo Rossi Gives Back

The Luke Cage and Sons of Anarchy star shows how he rolls when his community needs him: the actor and producer is also a major philanthropist, devoted to helping veterans and ordinary folks motivated to #GoGetItLife.


—Don’t miss Michelle Gielan and Shawn Achor’s ingenious experiments in goal setting that show how individuals respond to different methods and motivations.

—Columnist and licensed psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser presents four practices and traits to develop in your children to help them become high achievers.

—And for an extreme example of how to accomplish what seems like the impossible, get to know what motivates superhuman ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes to triumph over mental and physical challenges.

Listen to our Editorial Director, Deborah K. Heisz, talk about the virtues of our new issue on our podcast Live Happy Now.

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