Publishers Letter

Just Be Happy

Written by Kendra Akers

The definition of happy is feeling pleasure or enjoyment because of your life, situation, etc., according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

For me, it is something different. Happiness is a sense of peace and contentment, no matter what my life’s situation may be. Several years back I found myself in a journey of self-discovery, which I originally began as a search for truth in spirituality. Day after day, I read the Bible and self-help books written by Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Joel Osteen, and many others. What I discovered changed my life. I discovered peace.

I have always been a happy, positive, upbeat person—or so I thought until I learned how to be truly happy. I learned happiness is not just something you experience or a feeling you get when something good happens that quickly vanishes when something unfortunate follows.

Happiness to me is the ability to find always at least one thing to be appreciative for even in the most challenging times. Don’t get me wrong; there are plenty of things that happen to me every day I would rather not experience.

However, when those things happen I choose always to look at the bright side of the situation or find a way to be at peace with my circumstance. Happiness truly is a choice, which is why in this month’s issue we share ways to achieve happiness, and not just for the moment.

Our goal is to help you understand how you can be happy each and every day. We believe there is truth in the saying, “You may not be able to control your situation, but you can choose how you react to it.”

Additionally, HL magazine is committed to continuing this message each month in our Healthy Spirit section. So when you are feeling a little down, pick up your issue of Healthy Living and be prepared to smile. I guarantee we always provide helpful tools for you to achieve a healthy, well-balanced, happy lifestyle.

So don’t worry, be happy.

Sincerely,

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About the author

Kendra Akers

Kendra Akers is a lifelong resident of Lake County. She and husband, Doug, have five children, Michael, 23, Matthew, 21, Aubrey, 17, Shaena, 17 and Brooke, 15. She has been in the publishing industry since 1999, beginning her career as a marketing representative for a local newspaper. Since then, Kendra has worked at various publications and was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a magazine publisher with her launch of Healthy Living Magazine in 2008. She then launched her second publication, VLIFE, in 2009 and purchased Lake and Sumter STYLE Magazine in 2010. She is proud to report her publications, published by Akers Media Group, have been recognized in numerous categories for “Publishing Excellence.” The most recent accomplishment was when Healthy Living Magazine was voted “Best Overall Magazine” by the Florida Magazine Association for the fourth year in a row! In her spare time, she enjoys most sports and likes to spend her free time offshore fishing near Crystal River, Florida.

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