Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Is it Holy to be Happy?



I just finished up my last summer reading book, The Happiness Dare by Jennifer Dukes Lee.

Maybe like me you have heard it's our goal as christians to not seek to be happy, but holy or,

God doesn't care about your happiness only your holiness. 

But, Jennifer takes a different viewpoint and asks us to stop choosing between holiness and happiness. We can have both, and I like that!

"When I discovered happy holiness, it felt like fireworks were going off inside my chest. I had come to understand this truth: Our inner desire for happiness isn't a sin. It's a desire planted in us by God himself." Jennifer Dukes Lee, The Happiness Dare

Do you ever feel guilty for saying, "I just want to be happy!" or when you find yourself in a happy moment chastise yourself for feeling happy and tell yourself to tone it down? Like, Jennifer, I've gone through periods in life when I thought, "I'm not happy, but I guess that's ok, at least I'm holy and that's all God cares about anyways."

Somewhere along the way I figured God doesn't really care about my happiness, as long as I'm holy and joyful, I'm okay.

"Holiness isn't separate from happiness. It's a part of it." 

Huh.

I liked that the book wasn't all rainbows and sunshine, sure, it's nice to be happy, but let's be real. Life is NOT always sunny.

And I appreciated that she wrote, "Happy people cry. Happy people are familiar with the feel of thunderclouds building up on their insides. Happy people are the people who know it's a waste of effort to show up somewhere with the plastered-on Sunday smile."

I feel like I was not only given permission to be genuinely happy, but to also feel the gray clouds when they come rolling in as well.

Happy and holy are compadres. It's time to reclaim our happy and stop denying that we want to be happy! It's how we were created.

And check this out, Jennifer created a Happiness Style Assessment, find out what makes you happy...for Free!



I discovered I'm a thinker and experiencer. When I'm thinking and experiencing this makes me the happiest.

I hope you will check Jennifer Dukes Lee latest release, I think you'll be as inspired as I was.

"Happiness isn't a destination. It's a journey. And sometimes the journey is hard. Sometimes the journey looks intimidating and downright impossible."

(I was happy to be a part of Jennifer Dukes Lee's book launch team for The Happiness Dare. I was given a free pdf for my participation, however all opinions of the book are my own.)


About the book:
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.

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