Deborah K. Heisz, CEO, Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Live Happy and President of Nerium International, shares how three simple acts, performed daily, can change your life for the happier, healthier and better.
In 1946, Viktor Frankl wrote a book about his experiences in an Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. His story, like so many others, is tragic, but his message is uplifting. Despite horrific circumstances, Frankl concluded in his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, that the last of the human freedoms is the remarkable ability to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances — “to choose one’s own way.” These words have haunted me for some time but not in the way you may think.
You see, I can say with confidence that the people closest to me — my family, peers, and friends — think of me as a happy and positive person. That’s just who I am. As CEO, Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Live Happy magazine, which focuses on positive psychology, my personal and professional mission is to help others realize how simple daily acts of kindness can improve their lives. Sure, some people will say that there’s more to life than seeking endless joy and happiness. I disagree. Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle once expressed that happiness is the sense and purpose of life — the entire finality of existence, and I’m on board with his philosophy 100 percent! For this reason, I’m passionate about leading Live Happy, and I’m thrilled to share my message with you.
How to Find Your Inner Joy
In case we haven’t met face to face, my name is Deborah Heisz (but you can call me Deb!), and I would like to share with you three tips on how to bring your inner joy with you wherever you may go. You see, I’ve always experienced a tenacious curiosity and unquenchable thirst for learning — it keeps me awake and open to the unexpected. What I expect of myself is to tackle each day with a level of positivity, gratefulness, and happiness that’s obvious to the people I surround myself with. My good friend and Founder of Nerium International, Jeff Olson, always says that you’re the average of the five people you surround yourself with. Now that’s the truth! I make the choice to surround myself with people who I can learn from, establish meaningful relationships with, and most importantly, people I can laugh and share a positive life with. Let’s start with three tips that I think will have the most impact on your life in the shortest amount of time.
- Cultivate an attitude of gratitude: Keeping a gratitude journal and writing down all the little things you are thankful will help to train your brain to recognize all the positive aspects of your life instead of wasting energy on the negative parts. You can change your mindset to become a more positive person which will also make you a happier one! Let’s give it a try. I would love to see just one simple thing in your life that you’re grateful for at this very moment. Tell me how you’re doing this by leaving a comment below! This is such an important topic that our CMO Amber Olson Rourke actually wrote a dedicated blog post on this topic — I recommend you check it out!
- Meditate on it: Many studies have revealed how the practice of calming mind and body, i.e. meditation, can help increase focus and resilience to stress. Regular meditation trains your body and mind to improve psychological balance, handle illness and boost overall health and well-being. It’s essential to remember that regular meditation focuses on the interactions between the brain, mind, body, and behavior. Finding your balance here will help you find peace of mind and tranquility of the soul. Although, if you know me, you’ll know that I would certainly prefer a good baseball game to yoga and meditation…but the truth is that I don’t know one person who is both successful and happy who doesn’t take the time to reflect on their past and future for 10 to 15 minutes a day—focusing on what matters to you the most.
- Giving back works: It’s my opinion that giving back is one of the most selfish things you can do. Do you agree? It sounds weird, right? Well, think about it. By volunteering your time, skills or donating money and other materials, you’re making yourself feel good. The joy of giving back helps us to feel that we have a purpose and a mission, and more importantly, what we do makes a difference in someone else’s life. Realizing your actions positively impact another person’s life, will for sure be one of the most rewarding feelings you’ll ever experience. You will feel alive—guaranteed! If you’re volunteering at a charity, tell me below what you’re getting out of it!
Imagine your Life Filled with Joy
Imagine, for a moment, your life is filled with endless joy and happiness. What will that look like? Wouldn’t you want to share that message with everyone? I think so. Having a happy and positive attitude and life’s philosophy will make your journey — wherever it may take you — worth the effort. By cultivating the right habits and mindset, you’re already one step closer to living a life filled with joy.
I would love to hear from you. How do you choose joy in your everyday life? Share your comments below.