How Happiness Happens: Finding Lasting Joy in a World of Comparison, Disappointment, and Unmet Expectations

How Happiness Happens: Finding Lasting Joy in a World of Comparison, Disappointment, and Unmet Expectations

In a world searching for happiness, bestselling author Max Lucado provides a personal plan for a life filled with lasting and fulfilling joy, supported by Jesus’ teaching and modern research.

Do you feel happy?

How long has it been since you felt a level of contagious, infectious, unflappable, unstoppable happiness? Maybe your answer is, “All the time.” If so, God bless you! (And consider suggesting this book to someone who needs it.) For many of us the answer is, “Well, it’s been a while. I used to be happy, but then life took its toll.”

Only one-third of Americans surveyed said they were happy. How can this be? Education is accessible to most. We’ve made advancements in everything from medicine to technology, yet 66 percent of us can’t find an adequate reason to check the “yes” box on the happiness questionnaire.

Worldwide, people profess that happiness is their most cherished goal. Marketers get this. “Want to be happy?” they ask. Eat at this restaurant, drive this car, wear this dress. Happiness happens when you lose the weight, get the date, find the mate, or discover your fate. It’s wide, this way to happiness. Yet, for all its promise, it delivers a fragile joy; here one day, tomorrow scattered by the winds of comparison, disappointment, or unmet expectations.

Max writes, “There is another option. It requires no credit card, monthly mortgage, or stroke of fortune. Age and ethnicity aren’t factors...an unexpected door to joy.” 

In this book Max shares the unexpected path to a lasting happiness, one that produces reliable joy in any season of life. Based on the teachings of Jesus and backed by modern research, How Happiness Happens presents a surprising but practical way of living that will change you from the inside out.  

Also available in Spanish.

Title:How Happiness Happens: Finding Lasting Joy in a World of Comparison, Disappointment, and Unmet Expectations
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780718096137
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  • Polly Anna Watson

    As a woman of JOY, I study any and everything I can get my hands on that is #joy related. The fact that this book is by Max Lucado is an added bonus. 😊 As a woman of #joy, I attempt to practice muc...

  • Jeanne Gielczyk Ridderman

    I just read the first 5 chapters of this new book as I am on the launch team. This book is amazing and so easy to read. A must for everyone no matter what stage of your life journey you are on. I love...

  • Tammy

    I have been blessed to be a part of an advance reading of the first chapters and they have definitely caught my attention. I've struggled with recapturing my joy after my life took some major upheaval...

  • Joan

    Everyone wants to be happy. Happy people are healthier and are more effective leaders. (5) But only about a third of Americans say they are happy. (5) What makes a person happy? It's not money. It's g...

  • Donna

    I have been struggling a little lately - burned out, little down, tired of the same old things. This book did not necessarily tell me anything I didn’t know but Lucado has a way of putting stories, ...

  • Stacey

    Max Lucado doesn't disappoint with this book. It's written in his friendly, down to earth style. You can almost picture him sitting next to you talking. He uses the Bible as well as personal experienc...

  • Sara Wise

    ** “Happiness happens when we give it away.” **In this age of depression, self-centeredness, anxiety and self-promotion, we often find it hard to find true happiness. In Max Lucado’s latest book...

  • Steph Turner

    Just read the first 5 chapters and have loved it. Waiting for the book to come out in September. ...

  • Kristie Gorman

    I just finished reading the first 5 chapters of this book and I cannot wait to read the rest! I have already preordered the book and am so excited for it to get here. I am a new fan of Max Lucado and ...

  • Dorothy

    Max Lucado has a gift for writing books that combine biblical wisdom, true stories, and humor. This makes them practical, readable and relatable to today's life style. The basic premise of this book i...