How Happiness Happens: Finding Lasting Joy in a World of Comparison, Disappointment, and Unmet ExpectationsMax LucadoThomas Nelson / 2019 / Hardcover$12.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews Video
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Deb5 Stars Out Of 5How Happiness HappensSeptember 11, 2019DebQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5How does happiness happen? Max Lucado gives us a hint in the very first chapter when he shares a list of 10 practical principles that apply to each of us. Though I've only read the first five chapters as part of the book launch team, I've pre-ordered the book, and I can't wait to read the rest. This book contains typical Max humor - (Who else could title a chapter "Don't Pet the Peeves," and compare Martha of Bethany with Martha of Stewart?) - and life-changing teaching. How does happiness happen? Max Lucado writes books.
KD5 Stars Out Of 5Be Happy.August 1, 2019KDIn How Happiness Happens, Max shows many examples of happiness and how they relate back to the Bible. I am thankful that I was able to read the first 5 chapters of his book. Being happy and helping others is a gift we can give to others. I can't wait for my preorder to show up so I can finish reading.
Janice GareyDecatur, GAAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5The Happiness FactorAugust 1, 2019Janice GareyDecatur, GAAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Review Title: The Happiness Factor (review of How Happiness Happens by Max Lucado)
Reviewer: Janice S. Garey
***** 5 Stars
Everyone enjoys feeling happy. Yet happiness remains elusive for many. Max Lucado, a well known Christian pastor and author, has written a book that lets readers in on habits that are certain to generate happiness and lead to lasting joy. When Max's biblical advice is taken to heart and acted upon, the reader will find a well of joy that surpasses understanding.
I've read the first five chapters and found them engaging and surprisingly productive of laugh out loud moments. I had expected to hear about how to get to 'happy,' but I was amazed when I realized how happy I felt in the midst of reading the chapters. The book is a successful mix of easy to read stories and guidelines, honest and down to earth self-deprecating humor, and a portrayal of the way Christians should be growing in love for one another.
I rate this book G for all General audiences who appreciate Good books for self, family, church libraries, public libraries, and G for Good Gifting. All my loved ones and acquaintances would enjoy this book.
Thanks to the publisher for letting me participate on the launch team. I look forward to the release of the book when I will get a full dose of Max's shared happiness and avenue to joy. Max knows that of which he speaks through his books. His authentic and winsome voice will bless many who read this book.
I received the first five chapters in email format from the publisher. I have no obligation to give a favorable review. I have read the chapters and offer this review as my honest opinion. I have no doubt that the rest of the book will be up to the same high standards of this writing and previous books I have read by Max Lucado.
BethanyAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Happiness GuideJuly 21, 2019BethanyAge: 25-34Gender: femaleWould you say that you are a happy person? What makes you happy? According to Max Lucado in his latest book, How Happiness Happens, "only one- third of Americans surveyed said they were happy. In the nine- year history of the Harris Poll Survey of American Happiness, the highest index was 35 percent. This means a cloud of perpetual grayness overshadows two out of three people." In America, the land of opportunity, there are so many who are unhappy. Why is that, and how can we make happiness happen?
Max Lucado explains that we are all seeking happiness, but many are seeking it the wrong way. People often look to things such as material possessions or affirmation on social media to make them feel happy and worthy. Instead, we should be looking at how we could bless others. "The words of Jesus are spot- on: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive' (Acts 22:35). Because when you do, it has a boomerang effect. Happiness happens when we give it away." I will be honest. I'm just as selfish as the next person. I try to make myself happy with retail therapy sometimes, look for those likes on social media, and see how many views I have on this blog. But that temporary high does not bring true happiness, while blessing a neighbor changes my life and theirs.
Another recommendation that Lucado gives to make happiness happen is to "give the gift that God loves to give: the gift of encouragement". Send a card, send an e-mail, greet someone with a smile and words of kindness, and really listen to others. It's so easy to do, but not often our first step when trying to seek happiness.
How Happiness Happens is a guide book encouraging one to seek God and bless others in order to truly find happiness. I would recommend this book to anyone, and I am excited for the book to release in September!
I received a preview of this book (the first five chapters) from the publisher in return for an honest review.
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