Deborah Norville is an award winning broadcast journalist with three decades of reporting experience. As the anchor for the past twelve years of the nation’s top-rated syndicated newsmagazine, Inside Edition, Deborah is credited with bringing strength and respect to the program. Inside Edition is regularly seen by roughly five million daily viewers nationwide, as well as in 30 foreign countries.
Deborah Norville is also an accomplished author. In her latest best selling book, Thank You Power: Making the SCIENCE of Gratitude Work for YOU, Norville shares the findings of her two years of reporting on research being done about the quantifiable benefits of living a grateful life. Offering exercises for harnessing "Thank You Power" and stories of individuals who’ve employed it, she also details the specifics of why "Thank You Power" works.
Our very own Wendy Sachs had the opportunity to sit down with Deborah Norville and ask a few questions about her multi-layered life.
Deborah, you have had an illustrious career — thirty years in broadcast journalism including anchoring "Inside Edition" for the past twelve years. You are a best selling author of four books — the most recent — Thank You Power: Making the Science of Gratitude Work for You. And you are also a wife and a mother to three children, Niki, Kyle and Mikaela. How do you juggle what is clearly an incredibly busy and multi-layered life? How do you keep your sanity? What is your secret?
I admit defeat before I get started. Seriously, I tell myself that much of what's on the to do list won’t get done and so with those ‘lowered expectations' I find I don’t beat myself up over what doesn't happen and I feel pretty good about what I do get done. I also make a point to find something to ‘be thankful' for everyday. I really do write moments down in a small journal I carry in my purse and it is a huge sanity preservation tool.
Organization is also key: by planning ahead, continually re-executing meal plans and grocery lists and using technology to simplify your life. On the 'social front,' I have just gotten good at saying no. Here in New York, there are a zillion charities and they all raise money by throwing parties that they ask you to chair, serve on a committee for, come to, beg party favors for, etc. I have served on several boards for many, many years and kind of feel like I paid my dues. I have no problem about saying no.