Monday, August 15, 2016
The Happiness Dare by Jennifer Dukes Lee
The Happiness Dare is look at happiness that I'm pretty sure few of us have taken before. There are five different happiness styles that are discussed in the book as well as an assessment to be able to determine your primary style. (You can take the assessment online http://jenniferdukeslee.com/happiness-style/ )
The parts that I found most helpful were not just the styles and how they make us happy, but the downfalls within each style that we need to be aware of. Kind of like what too much of a good thing looks like for each style.
My family and I took the test. Turns out that we have two Thinkers and one Relator. That definitely explains a lot about our family dynamics :) The dare manifesto itself is a little vague in regards the nitty gritty, but the third part of the book gives very specific action steps for each of the happiness styles.
So the real question is. "Are you happier?" And the answer is "I don't know." I love knowing how to pursue my individual brand of happiness, that has been very helpful, but I'm not at a place where my overall happiness has increased. I would say that it's safe to say that will take some time and hard work. And that is one of the things this book does. It's like an exercise plan for your happiness quotient. You are not going to read this and instantly be happier (Yeah Happy Happy Joy JOY). You will, however, learn how to work at and it will make a difference if you keep at it.
This book was provided to me at no cost for the purpose of review by Tyndale Publishing.