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In my mind, those two words never quite seemed to fit. At least not on a consistent basis. Like the author of “The Happiness Dare”, I thought that God wanted me to have joy. In fact, I was so strong in this stance that I’ve written a few posts to you about that very topic.
I’m still firm in my belief that joy is what brings us through life’s hard times, but I’ve also made room for happiness and my view of happiness is no longer that happiness is shallow, but that it’s deep and walks closely with joy to give us a life that God wants.
The Happiness Dare, written by Jennifer Dukes Lee was one of the most thought-provoking books I’ve read in a long time. It completely challenged my way of thinking. While this book isn’t written in a hard-to-understand, theologian style, the nuggets of wisdom are life changing.
Jennifer blew God out of my little box within the first few chapters when she gave her perspective and Scripture evidence, on why God is a “happy” God. Not a God that’s looking down, just waiting for me to mess up again, but a God who smiles over me. Who delights in His children and longs for us to be happy as He is.
The happiness dare that Jennifer gives isn’t for the shallow. It’s not all new things, pretty nails and trips to the spa (though those are sure to bring happiness to most of us!), but it’s a dare to fight for happiness in a world that tries to take it away. It’s a call to find the good in daily living, to set a legacy forth of strength and goodness. The Happiness Style quiz helped me find the things that make me happiest and to incorporate more of them into my daily life. I am a Doer/Thinker, in case you were wondering. 🙂
The Happiness Style Guide gives practical things to increase our happiness. Things that if done daily, can not only bring us temporary happiness, but lasting happiness.
The book ends with practical advice on how to make happiness a reality in a busy life. I appreciated a fellow Iowa girls transparency along with her personal stories. I honestly think every single woman should read this book!
*I received this book free from Tyndale Bloggers in exchange of my honest review. All opinions are my own*