The Happiness Dare: Finding the Sweet Spot of Your Heart's Deepest, Holiest, and Most Vulnerable Desire  -     By: Jennifer Dukes Lee
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The Happiness Dare: Finding the Sweet Spot of Your Heart's Deepest, Holiest, and Most Vulnerable Desire

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Do you wish you lived on Cloud 9---but feel stuck on Cloud 6? Encouraging you to take delight in your life right where you are, Lee explores the relationship between happiness and holiness---and reveals what you can do in five minutes a day to experience more joy; what "happy" means when facing challenges; and more. 288 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Tyndale Momentum
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1496411145
ISBN-13: 9781496411143

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Would you like to be happier?
No matter who you are or how you feel, chances are you would answer yes. And Jennifer Dukes Lee was no different. For years, she wrestled with a constant nagging sense that she wasn’t as happy as she could be. At the same time, she felt guilty for wanting something so “shallow.” After all, doesn’t God only care that we find joy in our circumstances? Or is it possible that God really does want us to be happy?

Determined to get answers, Jennifer embarked on a quest to find out whether our happiness matters to God and, if so, how to pursue it in a way that pleases him.

In The Happiness Dare, you’ll learn what she discovered, including how to:
  • Understand the five happiness styles and maximize yours
  • Overcome the four biggest obstacles that stand in the way of your happiness
  • Find your happiness sweet spot—the place, relationship, or activity that gives you the greatest sense of well-being
  • Discover what you can do in just five minutes a day to be happier
Will you take the dare?

Join Jennifer in the pursuit of your truest, most satisfied, and most faith-filled self.

Editorial Reviews

Lee (Love Idol) opens her delightful treatise on all things happiness-related with a confession: she is not always happy. Throughout the book, by admitting to being in the dumps and explaining the mental gymnastics that get her there, Lee does a superb job of encouraging readers to take proactive steps toward finding their own “happiness sweet spot[s].” Lee considers herself a doer, and instead of wallowing in her negative thoughts, she has created a series of thought experiments and crucial questions that direct her toward a happier, more fulfilled life—all of which she shares with readers, tailored to a wide range of dispositions. She offers Scripture-heavy exercises that will equip readers to view life and its many mishaps with confidence and optimism. The book is chock-full of winsome anecdotes and self-help quizzes; readers will find themselves actually having a blast as they figure out what makes them tick and learn habits for healthier living. Lee is a born storyteller and, for those of faith, this text will be a helpful reminder to stay the course of Christ—even in the darkest moments.

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    The Holy Pursuit of Happiness
    August 15, 2016
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
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    For quite some time now I've had the urge to poll a room full of people with this question: What words come to your mind when you think of God?

    First impressions are what I'm looking for, and I have a feeling that very few responses would include the word "happy." In The Happiness Dare, Jennifer Dukes Lee is out to change the way we view happiness -- and, along with that, our view of God.

    With Scriptural evidence for a happy God (Psalm 68:3; Isaiah 65:18) who rejoices over us, His people (Zephaniah 3:17), Jennifer invites her readers (Double Dog Dares us!) to pursue happiness, to stalk joy,and to do it according to the unique way in which we have been created.

    Contrary to popular perceptions of God (and of Christians!), the Gospel itself is a call to happiness which is not in any way antithetical to holiness. Theologian John Piper has written at length in defense of the concept of a happy God:

    "Happiness is part of holiness . . . If you tried to describe what it means to be a holy person and left out happiness in God, you can't do it. There is not such thing as holiness minus happiness in God. Happiness in God is the essence of holiness."

    Jennifer Dukes Lee lays down the challenge to overcome obstacles to happiness with truth that jumps into our hole of unhappiness and builds a ladder toward the light. To the defeatist notion that "This is just the way I am," she offers the happiness booster that "little by little, I can become happier by changing the way I think." Comparison is a happiness hacker that will yield only to a determination to find happiness of one's own rather than wishing for someone else's life. A heart of gratitude is the antidote for perfectionism and discontent. The truth of Romans 12:2 is nowhere more practical than in the "renewal" that takes place when the believer alters her thoughts toward happiness.

    What makes The Happiness Dare unique (and do-able) is the recognition that happiness looks different on everyone. Some people are simply wired for a happier outlook on life. In fact, studies show that 50% of our happiness is governed by genes. Ten percent is dictated by life's circumstances. That leaves 40% within our ability to control, so tipping the balance scale toward happiness is far more feasible if we understand ourselves and others.

    I took the Happiness Style Assessment in the book (and you can take it online here). It turns out that I'm a Doer/Thinker, so while I'm checking tasks off my list and pondering the outline for my next blog post, I'm smiling inside. If you are a Relater, an Experiencer, or a Giver, you might want to run for the hills at the very thought of my happy place, but that awareness of our unique wiring only makes God look more amazing -- because he made us all. The happiness of my loved ones -- however different from my own -- feeds my happiness, and all of it is a gift from our happy God, and "part of a happiness cycle that rotates forever on the axis of the Cross, a cycle that will carry us all the way home."

    On Earth as it is in Heaven.

    Amen.

    //

    This book was provided by Tyndale Momentum an imprint of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Creating Happiness In Style
    August 4, 2016
    MommaFindingTime
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    I had heard from several people about this book well before it came out so I was so excited to dive right in and it did not disappoint. Jennifer Dukes Lee has a great way of structuring the information about the different Happiness Styles and keeps it interesting throughout the whole book. I felt like I not only learned a lot about my Happiness Style but also my husbands, and how I would be able to honor him in his own way.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very well written, helpful book!
    August 2, 2016
    EPHale
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    Once again, Jennifer Dukes Lee delivers a book that is God-inspired and speaks right to the heart. I had not realized that I had hang-ups about being happy (who has hang-ups about something as simple as that?!?) but once I started reading, I found that this is an area in my life in which I need God's help. I had unknowingly bought into the lie that if I'm happy, I'm not doing enough for the Kingdom. It sounds like a crazy thing to say now that I realize what was happening, but for a long time I believe that this lie was stealing a lot of the joy God wanted for my life. Another wonderful aspect of The Happiness Dare is the part about happiness styles. After taking a fun quiz, I discovered that I am a "Doer" and a "Relater." I also realized that my husband is an "Experiencer," and understanding more about his happiness style has helped me understand him better. God is using this book in my life to free me up to embrace joy, and to help my marriage...and as a bonus, Jennifer's candid and personal writing style makes reading the book a joy in itself. There were many points where I laughed out loud, and I often identified myself in the life stories she shares in the book. I highly recommend reading The Happiness Dare, and sharing it with friends and family!
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    Happy Happy Happy
    August 2, 2016
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    No longer must you be a part of Duck Commander to be "Happy HaPpy HaPpY!" Jennifer Dukes Lee doesn't disappoint! A must read - it exceeded my expectations and I will be buying this book for my girlfriends!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    So Good! We need this book even more in today's world
    August 2, 2016
    KristinW
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    Although I haven't completely finished The Happiness Dare yet, I LOVE this book. I've already discovered some of my deep-seated issues with happiness were based on false ideas of what God expected or wanted of me, and I wasn't even aware I was holding on to some of those ideas until they resonated with me while reading. I've also been able to understand my husband and others in my life better after learning about our individual happiness styles. I also have begun to realize happiness is something we must fight for, and that it is actually ok to fight for it. At the same time, I do not need to feel shame over my natural happiness resting state. I'm hoping to lead a book/Bible study with this book this fall and I have several people interested. I think the truth found in this book could help change our lives, our witnesses, and our world!
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