Comedian Jim Gaffigan Plays for Laughs in Live Happy’s July Issue Cover Story

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One of the world’s top comedians has two missions: empowering his five kids to chase their dreams while achieving his path to happiness on- and off-stage

Comedian Jim Gaffigan Plays for Laughs in Live Happy’s July Issue Cover Story

Comedian Jim Gaffigan is the featured cover of the July 2017 issue of Live Happy, on newsstands May 23. Readers can gain inspiration from Gaffigan’s story and more in this new issue, which explores fulfilling adventures, travel and journeys in ways that inspire awe and heighten creativity.

“So much of my journey has been about rediscovering my priorities. I’m not the same man I was 10 years ago or five years ago,” says Jim Gaffigan. “I’m somebody who’s very lucky to have found this job that gives me such happiness, so I feel an even greater responsibility to help my kids find their happiness.”

Gaffigan’s journey didn’t always lead him down the happiest paths. He started his career in New York City at an advertising firm, but followed his passion of stand-up on the side during late night classes and caught up on sleep in his cubicle the next morning. Gaffigan went all in on his passion for comedy and discovered that his signature “lightness” was the key to success in his comedic career.

Three decades later, after 22 appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, two seasons of The Jim Gaffigan Show, comedy specials and world tours—not to mention marrying his wife, Jeannie, and having five kids—Jim Gaffigan is the epitome of a dream fulfilled.

“Jim Gaffigan embodies the theme of this issue because he shares in this zest for adventure when it comes to his family and being on-stage,” says Deborah K. Heisz, Live Happy editorial director, CEO and co-founder. “I’m especially inspired by his decision to tour internationally with his family so they can experience new cultures together. Jim’s life-affirming humor confirms that laughter is universal and translates in any culture or destination.”

Among the features in the July issue, readers will find the following highlights:

Playing for Laughs—In this month’s cover story, comedian and actor Jim Gaffigan reflects on the journey that lead to where is his now: embarking on a world tour with his wife and five kids in tow. Gaffigan shares his greatest achievements and challenges when it comes to his kids, empowering them and setting them on a path to happiness.

A Salute to the Good Life—Actor Tony Hale of Veep channels life experience into his performance to make political mayhem look hilarious on HBO’s hit show. With Americans so politically focused as of late, Hale shares why he thinks laughter is the best medicine.

Grateful for Every Shot—Brittany Lang, pro golfer, doesn’t credit her swing, concentration or practice for her U.S. Women’s Open Championship – it’s all thanks to a positive attitude. The support, gratitude and positivity of her family are instilled in her as she achieves her goals.

Embracing Awe—Once seen as a “luxury handbag of emotions,” the experience of “awe” is now proving its significance to researchers and offers multiple benefits for the mind, body and spirit. Readers can learn more about the science and explore its pathway to well-being in their own lives.

Happy Campers—Studies show that kids who go to camp experience a boost in self-esteem, social skills, adventurousness, and spiritual growth—shouldn’t adults experience the same? Read about activities, benefits and trends of new adult summer camps popping up around the country where adults have the chance to relax, enjoy nature and have a truly transformative experience.    

Wonder Bound—Read about five awe-inspiring destinations, ranging from far corners of the world to hidden gems not far from your backyard, to make your travel dreams a reality.

—Columnists Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan reveal tips for keeping your online experiences in positive perspective and why it’s important to know when to disconnect.
—Happiness expert and licensed psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser encourages adults and children to embrace the power of daydreaming as a way to cultivate creativity.
—Looking for an outdoor adventure but don’t know where to start? Don’t forget to pack these items suggested in “Hanging in the Outdoors,” before you hit the road.

Live Happy also goes beyond the pages with Live Happy Now, an inspiring free weekly audio podcast available 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 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 http://www.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.

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