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.
For more than twenty years, life coach and Steubenville speaker Paul George has helped fellow Catholics discover their purpose by searching themselves, reorganizing their priorities, and establishing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In his debut book, George invites you to pursue authentic happiness by surrendering your life to God and focusing on simple joys: daily prayer, a minimalist lifestyle, meaningful relationships, and an ongoing pursuit of God’s will. Rethink Happiness is an essential self-help guide for all of us seeking to define our purpose in life. Chock-full of relatable stories about George and his life-long work in ministry, this book will help you discover that true happiness is found when we are totally oriented to God. With the same high energy he brings to his talks to youth and adult audiences, George will help you identify what you're truly looking for in life. The book opens with the idea that we are all searching for happiness but looking in the wrong places. We’re hungry for God's love, but we're stuffing ourselves with shallow relationships and unchecked materialism. George invites you to rethink this formula, by first recognizing that it's God you want and then surrendering everything to him. Embedded in Catholic wisdom, truth, and the basic tenants of living a meaningful life, this book will teach you to reconsider your priorities in light of God’s love; rethink how you spend your time and money; focus on building meaningful and healthy relationships; reject the dizzying pursuit of fame and prestige; seek self-worth in relationship with God; and serve God in the simplest way: by loving others. Rethink Happiness dares you to live differently. Satisfy your appetite for happiness once and for all by rooting yourself in God and opening to the joy only he can offer.
This book explores Goethe's ethics of happiness and the role of resignation within them. Prandi has carefully separated autobiographical material from literary expository of these themes in order to clarify the misunderstanding that has resulted from relying on Goethe's fictional works to document his personal ethical convictions. The book aims in part at working out in detail the usefulness of Spinoza's Ethics in evaluating ethical views expressed in poetry and fiction; and in part at correcting erroneous and confused ideas about Goethean resignation. Prandi studies the 'natural morality' Goethe developed and practiced, using Lucretius and Spinoza as models of influence. All three define the good as what makes people rationally happy; each has his own resignation model to offer. From a deep analysis of views on happiness and resignation, the author's discussion leads to some surprising new conclusions.
People may vary in their dreams and their aspirations, but they all share one thing: they all want to be happy. This book provides complete guidance and tested tips to take you from a stage of puzzlement and confusion to a superior level of eternal happiness. It takes you on a journey from the various definitions of happiness across history to the most contemporary descriptions of it in our world. It guides you through the five phases of happiness and the three key happiness indicators, taking you on a journey through "The Royal Phase." It reveals the steps you must take to acquire happiness, in the moment and throughout eternity. Extracted from Dare to Be Happy: Happiness as the Strongest Marketing Tool and the New Approach in Today's Technologically Accelerated World. It took me two years to produce this book and 20 years of hunting happiness to find out where it lies and how it can be made to last forever. I was always wondering if it is a lost-and-found item. If the answer was "yes," then how could I consistently be happy? Through life events, research, observations, trial and error and training myself, I can now claim that I found happiness and that the extra mile here is not only to be happy, but to stay happy.
Millions of readers have fallen in love with Ava's bestselling books...come join the family. International Bestselling Author Ava Miles shares an emotional tale about a woman’s quest to reunite her family and make a patchwork quilt of happiness out of her own happily ever after. Riley Thomson believes every woman can be her own superhero. When he meets Sadie McGuiness, he’s even more sure of it. The sassy quilter might not fight good and evil, like he depicts as a comic book artist, but she leaps tall buildings in a single bound. He sees it in her brave quest to locate her long-lost sister and the way she champions his motherless daughter. It’s not just her superhuman strength he’s attracted to—it’s the strength of her heart. She stitches together the different blocks of her life with love, much like the magical quilts she creates. Soon he’s modeling his new female superhero after her. As Sadie and Riley create their own patchwork of happiness, dark forces from their past return to test them. Can they battle them together to ensure a happily ever after for them and the rest of their family? PRAISE: "Ava's story is witty and charming." Barbara Freethy #1 New York Times Bestselling Author on Nora Roberts Land "On par with Nicholas Sparks' love stories." Jennifer's Corner Blog “The constant love, and the tasteful sexual interludes, bring a sensual, dynamic tension to this appealing story.” Publisher’s Weekly "I am adding Ava Miles to my list of always reads like Susan Mallery, Jill Shalvis, Kristen Ashley, and NORA ROBERTS." Marjay's Reading Blog "Miles' story savvy, sense of humor, respect for her readers and empathy for her characters shine through..." USA Today on The Gate to Everything
The truth is that for those who dare to be different school and growing up can be hell. Truth & Dare is a collection of edgy, quirky stories that revolve around a funny, nerdy cast of characters who struggle to fit in . . . or struggle not to. They will appeal to the inner geek of anyone caught up in attempts to navigate the labyrinthine teen caste system. Written in authentic teen voices, they speak to fans of the movies Juno and Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist and the TV series The Gilmore Girls. Witty and smart, these are short stories from the point of view of funny, though not always cool or popular guys and girls, who are dealing with all the pressures of growing up - school, friends, music, relationships, parents, and just plain fitting in (or not). Contributors: Jennifer Finney Boylan is author of eleven books, five of which are YA books. Sarah Rees Brennan is author of The Demon's Lexicon, which was one of Kirkus' Best Books, ALA's Top Ten Best Books and a Best British Fantasy book. Cecil Castellucci author of Rose Sees Red and a picture book Grandma's Gloves. Emma Donoghue author of Booker-shortlisted Room. AM Homes is the winner of the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Orange) for her novel May We Be Forgiven. She is also the author of, This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack. Jennifer R. Hubbard author of the contemporary YA novel The Secret Year, published in 2010. Heidi R. Kling is the author of the Penguin Young Readers YA novel Sea, a story of hope after tragedy set in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. Michael Lowenthal is the author of the novels Charity Girl, Avoidance, and The Same Embrace Saundra Mitchell author of Shadowed Summer and The Vespertine. Luisa Plaja author of the teen novels-Split by a Kiss, Swapped by a Kiss and Extreme Kissing. Matthue Roth author of Never Mind the Goldbergs, his first novel, a coming-of-age tale Sherry Shahan has written over 30 books, including Purple Daze. Shelley Stoehr author of four award-winning novels for Young Adults, including the still popular, award-winning, Crosses. Ellen Wittlinger had her first teen novel, Lombardo's Law,published in 1993. Jill Wolfson author of award-winning novels for young people including What I Call Life; Home, and Other Big, Fat Lies; and Cold Hands, and Warm Heart. Also includes: Courtney Gillette, Jennifer Knight, Gary Soto, and Sara Wilkinson
Truth & Dare is a collection of short stories confirming the truth we all know-- high school is painful--and written for those who dare to be different. These edgy short stories are told from the point of view of the quirky, cool, but not necessarily popular teens, who are dealing with all the pressures of growing up--school, friends, music, relationships, parents, and just plain fitting in. This collection features some of the hottest writers in the teen genre, including: Jennifer Boylan, Sarah Rees Brennan, Cecil Castellucci, Emma Donoghue, Courtney Gillette, A.M. Homes, Jennifer Hubbard, Heidi R. Kling, Jennifer Knight, Michael Lowenthal, Liz Miles, Saundra Mitchell, Luisa Plaja, Matthue Roth, Sherry Shahan, Gary Soto, Shelley Stoehr, Sara Wilkinson, Ellen Wittlinger, and Jill Wolfson.
This book is written in a new literal genre named New Classic ExPresSionism. You will not only read the written words but also experience their meaning. For example, if I write "summer" you will experience warmth. My work is about Awakening. I wrote is so you could experience it. New Classic exPresSionism (shortly NCE) allows you not only connect with the material presented in the article but also gives you a chance to experience it. For example, if I am writing about Awareness, you not only understand what I am writing about but also experience it despite its meaning that can be logical, or illogical, or just a rumble. Basically, you become Aware so you can understand fully not only the content but also the context and the real meaning of it. Similarly with other meanings like Emptiness or Suchness or Enlightenment... Such writings can be done if the writer has full understanding of what she or he is writing about. So it has to be based and backed up by a long practice which allows to completely experience the written words. The words have to carry their full meaning which can be achieved by practicing of what it is written about. Words not only have a meaning but their form (the way they are written) becomes a meaning too. Words and the way they are written make them almost like paintings. Form becomes a meaning and meaning remains a meaning. This way meaning is liberated from the form as form becomes a meaning too. When the meaning is liberated, free, it can take any possible shape which will be its form and the form this way is seen as empty. This is also a definition of pure form that has been looked for by artists from the beginning of the existence of art. ."
An invitation for overachievers to discover what it means to rest as God's daughters without compromising their God-given design as doers. Though she didn't sit at Jesus's feet like her sister Mary, biblical Martha was loved just as she was--and you are too. This practical resource invites modern-day Marthas to sit down spiritually as they exchange try-hard striving for hope-filled freedom without abandoning their doer's heart in the process. Doers need to be affirmed in their innate design to do rather than sit, yet also be reminded that they don't have to overdo it in order to be worthy. This book is not an exhortation to add or subtract things off your to-do list, but it is an invitation to embrace the "good" of the Good News. Here is an offer to step into your position as a daughter of God and to enjoy life as a doer.