MILWAUKEE — You could call Neil Panosian the medicine man for those searching for happiness.
"When you're happy you're more likely to make positive actions toward your diet, exercise and physical routine, and you're more productive at work"
Panosian wrote the book, "A Happy Life for Busy People. Powerful Secrets to get you there Quickly and Easily."
How did his journey begin?
"The seeds of it started in adversity", he exclaims. "I found myself in a situation where I lost my job, the relationships in my life were less than fulfilling to put it eloquently. The bills were coming in I found myself in a position very close to rock bottom."
He recalls a time in 2013 when it took all the strength he had to stay positive.
"Cold rain and a gentleman was crossing the street I was going on...the gentlemen pulled out and stopped right in front of me. He got scared because the road had a lot of rain. I ended up seeing this car close up via going through my own windshield," said Panosian.
But Neil focused on the upside and searched the library for motivation.
"I began to ask myself, why isn't there a simple book for the average person to create stress reduction and life fulfillment?"
So Panosian penned his own book. He says it gives regular folks cheap, easy solutions to a stress-free life.
"90 percent of the tools are under five dollars and take 2 to 5 minutes a day to institute in your life and create a dramatic positive transformation," said Panosian.
Panosian warns a happy life does not mean there will not be bad days. It's all in how you respond to those downtimes.
"We're all going to feel stressed, we're all going to feel down at times, my goal is to make sure the frequency and intensity of that is less. You can feel down, just don't live there," said Panosian.
He believes working on your mental outlook is a never-ending process, not just when times get rough.
"I always tell people the time to learn to swim is when you're on the shore, not when the boat is sinking."
One of the favorite suggestions in his book?
"I try to write down 3 things I'm grateful for every day and why. The why is what makes it compelling," said Panosian.
Panosian also has a YouTube Channel and a happiness blog with more than 25 thousand followers from 150 countries.
"It not only gets input from people across different races and cultures and belief systems ..it also reaffirms that the many problems we face in the world are very similar no matter where you live, no matter where you live, no matter the color of your skin or your sexuality."
Amazingly, Panosian does this on the side. He has a full-time job at the post office. He's also a life coach and gives talks to companies and groups.
"If you want to set your life up to win there are three things you can do. Have something to be grateful for every morning, something to look forward to every morning and something to inspire you every morning"
And after 22 years of pursuing his passion for positivity and happiness, Neil Panosian admits his learning never stops.
"I still consider myself a student, I love learning every day and the more I learn the more I can help others. That's my driving motivation to keep doing this."It not only gets input from people across different races and cultures and belief systems... it also reaffirms that the many problems we face in the world are very similar no matter where you live, no matter where you live, no matter the color of your skin or your sexuality."