Two years ago, I never would have spoken this sentence aloud:
“I want to be happy.”
I would have thought it, and secretly, I would have wanted happiness. But I would have been scared to admit it.
I would have told you that I wanted joy instead. I would have told you that God cared more about my holiness than my happiness. And I would have believed that happiness was selfish.
But then I took a fantastic God-made dare—a dare that made me feel warm and bright on the inside, like I swallowed a star.
Friend, maybe you’ve wondered the same things. Maybe you’ve wondered if God cares about happiness. And if He really does care about happiness, where do you go to find it in this busted-up world?
Maybe you're asking these questions:
Do we dare seek happiness when there's so much despair in the world?
Do we dare seek happiness when it feels like this busted-up world might just shatter into a million pieces?
Do we really dare to be happy with so much heartbreak all around us?
Yes, we dare.
If ever this world has needed a book on happiness, it is now. A.W. Tozer once said that people who know God "ought to be the happiest people in all the wide world! People should be coming to us constantly and asking the source of our joy and delight."
Let's give them a reason to ask.
It's Release Day!
The Happiness Dare releases today! And yep, that makes me all kinds of happy! But I won't lie: It's a little terrifying. That's why the first sentence of my new book goes like this:
"This book scares me." (I know. Not the opening sentence you'd expect in a book on happiness. :) )
But I took the dare to chase hard after happiness. And now I'm daring you to do the same!
Clearly I mean business, especially with a sucker the size of my head!
Where to Find The Happiness Dare
I hope you'll consider buying The Happiness Dare -- and maybe buy a few for your friends, too! (The book is now shipping from all online retailers including Amazon, B&N, Dayspring, and more.)
Party Favors - Free, for You!
A Happiness Book Club Handout
Are you considering hosting a Happiness Dare Book Club? Already, people are gathering up groups of friends, taking The Happiness Style assessment, and going through the book together. So fun!
We've got this little handout for you, with discussion questions, snack ideas, and more. (The book also includes discussion questions after each chapter.)
Click here to print out the "Host a Happiness Dare Book Club" PDF.
Dare of the Day
Sign up here to get 10 days of exclusive happiness dares (free!), delivered straight to your inbox.
The Ultimate Happy Playlist
Click here to find The Ultimate Happy Playlist. It's such a great playlist!
The Happiness Style Assessment
Click here to take the quiz. In just five minutes, you'll discover what truly makes you happy. And you'll also learn your life motto!
Share your daily moments of happiness on Instagram and use the hashtag #TheHappinessDare. We have been making Instagram Insta-Happy for several months now. Get in on the action, and track your happy! (I'm @dukeslee on Instagram.)
You have 20 chances to win with 20 gift prize packages!
Books Signed by Me
Five people will win signed copies of The Happiness Dare.
UPDATED WITH THESE FIVE WINNERS:
Katie Terpstra, Kim Redmon, Audra Krell, Michelle Faile, Julie Field
Ten "Be Happy" canvases from Dayspring.com + Signed Copy of the Book
Ten of you will be winning these canvases + signed copy of the book!
UPDATED WITH THESE TEN WINNERS:
Kristin Smith, Candi Dickerson, Lyli Dunbar, Katie Reid, Beth Werner Lee, Ruth-Anne Hayes, Terry Felix, Robyn Kelderman, Amy Tilson, Marina Bromley
Print + Signed Copy of the Book
One lucky winner will receive this gorgeous print created by my friend Jennifer @ StudioJru + a signed copy of the book. This print makes my heart happy!
In celebration of the release of The Happiness Dare, Jennifer is also offering 15 percent off of any print in her shop. Use code HAPPINESSDARE15 at the checkout. Offer expires Sunday, August 7th.
Winner is Kate Moutang
Print + Signed Copy of the Book
One lucky winner will receive this adorable print from the talented Ruth of GraceLaced + a signed copy of my book. I think this print is just perfect. In The Happiness Dare, we talk a LOT about how happiness takes courage.
In celebration of the release of The Happiness Dare, GraceLaced is offering 15 percent off any product in the shoppe. Use code HAPPINESSDARE15 at the checkout. Offer expires Sunday, August 7th.
Winner is Monica Snyder
Necklace + Signed Copy of the Book
This "Be Happy" necklace was created exclusively for The Happiness Dare by Vi Bella Jewelry artisans in Haiti. Vi Bella is a j0b-creation ministry, and every sale of this necklace helps women in Haiti live lives of freedom and true happiness. The copper plate is hand-stamped with the words, "Be Happy." You can find the necklace here!
Winner is Rita Schau
Bracelet + Signed Copy of the Book
This "Be Happy" silk bracelet was created exclusively for The Happiness Dare by Vi Bella Jewelry artisans in Haiti. Vi Bella is a j0b-creation ministry, and every sale of this bracelet helps women in Haiti live lives of freedom and true happiness. The copper plate is hand-stamped with the words, "Be Happy." You can find the bracelet here!
Winner is Stacie Aamlid
Vi Bella Bracelet, Vi Bella Necklace,
+ A Happiness Life Coaching Package with Carey Bailey
Details about the coaching package, "In Pursuit of Happiness:"
Journey with Life Coach Carey Bailey across the bridge from stuck to unstuck. In two life coaching sessions, talk through the obstacles blocking you from happiness, participate in a Life Balance Survey & Personal Identity Worksheet and uncover the patterns that keep you from pursing a satisfied life.
Special discount for Happiness Dare readers: 20% off on any coaching package using the code: HAPPINESSDARE
GRAND PRIZE WINNER is Jen Daughtery
How to Enter
Entering is easy. Simply leave a comment below, and let me know where you've shared this post: on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Every share is worth an entry in the drawing! We will draw winners on Friday, and the winners' names will be posted here. There will be 20 winners in all!
I want to thank each and every one of you, dear friends, for your support, love, and encouragement over the years. When I write my books, you are the people I imagine reading the words. You are the ones who've been with me the longest -- some of you since the first blog post in 2008! You've shown up. You've prayed. You've shared my words with your friends. I love being in community with you.
Now, go get your happy on!
Hey Tell His Story crew! It is a joy to gather here every week with you. The linkup goes live each Tuesday at 4 p.m. (CT). If you would use the badge on your blog, found here, that would be great! And if you would visit at least one other blogger in the link-up and encourage them with a comment, that would be beautiful! Be sure to check the sidebar later. I’ll be featuring one of you over there! Our featured writer this week is Bettie. Oh my goodness, friends please take 3 three minutes to read this story! The personal and specific way God showed His love in this story is beautiful. Find Bettie here. To be considered as our featured writer, be sure to use our badge or a link to my blog from your post. :) xo Jennifer