February 2014

Live Happy magazine cover, February 2014
Shane Lopez holding a bunch of red balloons

Photography by King Au. © Live Happy LLC

The Hope Monger

By: Shelley Levitt

Wish upon a star? Forget it. If you really want to make your dreams come true, you need to harness hope. Psychologist Shane Lopez shows us how.

Volunteer with Issa Trust Foundation takes a girl's blood pressure.

Photography by Blaine Moats and Brent Isenberger

Voluntarily Happy

By: LuAnn Brandsen

Diane Pollard’s job in financial services paid well, but sitting behind a desk to improv

Gretchen Rubin in the kitchen

Photography by Michael Weschler. ©Live Happy, LLC

At Home With a Happiness Guru

By: Melissa Balmain

Gretchen Rubin offers recipes for happiness you can follow at home, for little or no money.

Puppy Love

By: Ellen Michaud

Gaze deeply into the eyes of your beloved pup, and within 10 minutes both of you are cruising down happy street.

Bird perched on an icy branch with snow on the ground

©Richard Conrad

Winter Garden

By: Ellen Michaud

Playing with your yard may sound like an odd way to fight the moodiness of winter, but studies suggest that even just a glimpse of trees, shrubs and grasses can measurably improve your mood.

Steve Holcomb in a bobsled

© Charlie Booker

Olympian Steve Holcomb defeats despair

By: Aimee Berg

For Steve, the element of self-determination is key. When a degenerative eye disorder threatened to end his career, Steve lost hope.

Butterfly

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31 Ideas of Hope

Every month in 2014 we will have a special theme that's integral to happiness. January's theme is hope.

Girl Looking at book

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Trick Yourself into Getting Started

We’re going to let you in on somewhat of a productivity secret. It may seem counterintuitive at first, but it works.

Origami swans

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Hopeful People and Their Superpowers

While hope evolves and changes throughout our lifetimes, the feelings, motivational benefits and successful outcomes stay the same.

Woman holding a piece of paper with a question mark over her face.

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What are your top five character strengths?

Finding out what strengths you already have and learning where you need improvement can help you see who you are as a person as well as the person you can become.

Tia Mowry-Hardrict in "I Insist!" video for FluMist Quadrivalent

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Tia Mowry Insists on Healthy Living

By: Chris Libby

Tia Mowry-Hardrict talks about making sure her family and their health are top priorities even with her on-the-go lifestyle.

McPhie flip

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Going with the Flow

By: Megan Michelson

Americans report that they experience something akin to flow several times per day, musicians, artists and athletes achieved flow most frequently.

Girl Looking at book

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Trick Yourself into Getting Started

We’re going to let you in on somewhat of a productivity secret. It may seem counterintuitive at first, but it works.

Bryce, Tiny Sparrow Photography

Photography courtesy of Tiny Sparrow Foundation.

A Picture of Hope

By: Mary Beth Thomsen

Thanks to a network of more than 400 professional photographers nationwide who donate their time and talent, Tiny Sparrow continues to grow and inspire year after year.