Our Inspiration

The idea of starting the Living Happily Connected website and blog came to Cher Knebel, a communications professional, a decade ago when she was asked to speak at a friend’s Working Woman holiday event at a local church. She spoke on the WHY of celebrating holidays and events with family and friends and the importance of social connection.

In preparing for the speech, Cher found a treasure trove of recent happiness research articles as it specifically pertained to connecting with others. Cher’s warm and approachable speaking style, along with the entertaining stories she shared, was a hit with the audience members and a new passion was ignited within her soul.

The launch of Living Happily in 2013 was a direct result of that speech and  research found on the topic. While Cher continued to do research on the topic over the next decade, the blog was put on hold until it was relaunched in 2020, after her youngest turned 18.

Our Approach

Our approach is to be informative, yet casual and inviting. At LHC, we are  on a mission to share with others our continued education and lessons learned on the topic of social connection.  Not only does having strong connections with others help boost happiness and longevity in your own life, it can encourage others around you to do the same and maybe even save a life for someone feeling all alone in the world.

If you have the same desire to feel more connected with others, then grab a cup of your favorite warm drink and settle in to see what we have written for you. If you like what you read, we hope you will sign up to become a part of the LHC Connection Crusaders Community!

Meet the LHC Team

We are on a mission to share what we have learned to help others have better connections in their own lives and live their best lives.

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Cher Knebel

Founder, Writer, Speaker

Cher has been a writer and professional content creator for more than 25 years.

By day, Cher happily works as a Senior Content Marketing Manager for a local healthcare technology company. In her personal time, she manages Living Happily - writing blogs and books, speaking, and creating tools and resources to help people connect easier in their lives.

Cher's hobbies include reading inspirational books and biographies, gardening, and weekly dates with her husband Brian. They have two adult daughters and live in Southern California.


Brian Knebel

Marketing, LHC Writer

Brian is a contributing writer for Living Happily and assists with marketing of the website and related products. He has worked in the technology industry with Fortune 500 companies and start-ups since 2000.

Brian writes on a variety of topics including how other countries celebrate connection, male friendship, and parenting lessons learned from being a proud "girl dad".

A lifelong tennis player, Brian actively competes in regional and national USTA tennis tournaments and local leagues.