Live Happy is leading the global movement to make the world a happier place. We are dedicated to promoting and sharing authentic happiness, inspiring people to live purpose-filled, healthy, meaningful lives. We're a magazine, website, resource and movement about a timeless quest: Living a happy life.

Happiness empowers us to make a positive difference in our lives and in the lives of others. Happier people are healthier, more satisfied with life and their relationships, and they live longer. Come with us on our journey to live happy and spread that joy to our readers. Happiness is a journey anyone can take and it starts with just one step.

We are fortunate to be living in a time when the study of happiness is growing rapidly all around the globe. Led in large part by positive psychologists and their colleagues, this research proves previously elusive correlations, like the tie between compassion in the workplace and the bottom line. It also is breaking totally new ground, like the gene-level impact of positive emotions. Live Happy makes this science understandable and relevant. We report on innovative, cutting-edge research in the context of real life, authentic issues and common-sense realities.


Deborah K. Heisz

Deborah K. Heisz is the Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Live Happy LLC. She, along with Founder Jeff Olson, leads the company that produces Live Happy, an award-winning bi-monthly print and digital magazine,, and Live Happy products and apparel. By combining the science of positive psychology with practical advice from happiness experts to help people lead joyous and productive lives, the first-of-its-kind company is leading a movement to make the world a happier place. 

Deborah also produces and is featured on Live Happy Now, a weekly podcast featuring uplifting and unique interviews with positive psychology researchers, practitioners, and experts on their own personal happiness journeys. 

The adventure of leading the Live Happy team comes after serving as the founding Editor-in-Chief of SUCCESS magazine, spending almost a decade growing successful startups in the publishing industry, and 25-plus years of management experience in a variety of fast-moving organizations. 

Deborah's greatest source of joy and wonder is watching her kids learn, experience life and ask questions without filter. Spending time in the great outdoors with her family and dogs brings her the most happiness in the world. She resides in Dallas, TX with her spouse and three children. 

Follow her on Twitter @dheisz and @livehappy and like Live Happy on Facebook.

The editors

Paula Felps is the Science Editor at Live Happy magazine. She spent the past two decades writing about topics she is passionate about - the environment, health, fitness and travel. In addition to writing for numerous magazines and newspapers, she has written several books ranging in topics from business to spirituality.

Chris Libby is the Section Editor of Live Happy magazine. Previously, he spent 13 years working at a local neighborhood newspaper in Dallas, Texas. Things that make him happy: family, making his daughter Fiona laugh, a good pizza, live music and running on a cool, crisp morning.

Emily Wise Miller is the Web Editor at She has worked as a cookbook editor, travel writer and food tour guide in Florence, Italy. She is the author of two Top Chef cookbooks and The Food Lover’s Guide to Florence, published by Ten Speed Press.

Shelley Levitt is an Editor at Large for Live Happy magazine. Her articles on health, beauty, well-being and celebrities have appeared in People, SELF, Glamour, SUCCESS, Women’s Health, Fitness, WebMD and Weight Watchers magazines.

Donna Stokes is Managing Editor of Live Happy magazine. She worked previously as Managing Editor for global nonprofit Heifer International’s World Ark magazine and for more than two decades in daily newspaper editing in Little Rock, Arkansas; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Reno, Nevada.