Skip to main content

The Happiness Dare, Week 2

This past week's reading in The Happiness Dare by Jennifer Dukes Lee was challenging for me. Although I loved the Happiness Style Assessment, I wasn't sure of my results. I scored highest in the "Giver" category, but close behind in the other 4; all within 8 points of each other. My other areas of Happiness Styles were Relater, Experiencer, Thinker and Doer, in that order.

I struggled with the fact that my scores were all so close, and that I could relate to each of the categories in my life with strong examples of happiness shining through. I wasn't sure if having so many so close together was a good thing, or a bad thing.


I landed with the fact that it's just a "God thing."  He created me this way, and through life's experiences I've had the opportunity to develop happiness traits in many ways. It's not as odd as I thought it was. I'm not THAT unusual. Many people have clusters of strong points, usually with two or three of the styles stronger than the others, but some people have all of them in the middle of the road like me.


It was important for me to get back to the fact of what Jennifer says at the closing of the assessment,

"Remember, there are no superior happiness styles. This test is not to quantify how happy you are. Rather, it is intended to single out your primary style so you can maximize your happiness in the way God made you."


I loved reading the descriptions of all my facets of Happiness Style, and will be able to identify others' styles easily, hoping that I can help my interactions with them to be happier. (That's the Giver in me!)


I look forward to completing the book in the next few weeks, and learning more about what to do to nurture happiness, and what obstacles there are to finding happiness in daily life. I also look forward to sharing this book with other women I know. Already we're talking about our need for happiness skills, especially as young moms are sending kids off to school, older moms are facing empty nesting, and we all are facing seasonal sadness and the loneliness of the holidays just around the corner. I plan to be well equipped to fighting for happiness this winter (and every other season of life).

I received a free copy of The Happiness Dare from the publishers, with the benefits of a pre-read and share my honest opinions of the book. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Merry Christmas

I've been really busy, and not busy enough. My heart has been breaking in unexpected places the past few months...friends passing away unexpectedly, illnesses attacking loved ones, me missing kids and grandkids, and not wanting to feel nostalgic for all the sadness around my heart right now. I feel tender and raw...vulnerable. I cry at the drop of a hat, even over silly things, like TALKING about not watching a movie that would make me cry...not even watching that movie. Just talking about it. Oh dear! I did want to touch base though as we approach Christmas...all the sadness is making me draw even nearer to Jesus, because He is my hope (and the hope of the world). I've enjoyed my time of Advent, singing in the choir at church, baking cookies for friends and neighbors. It helps me to shift gears emotionally and mentally when I can change it up a bit and do something new. And in God's goodness, He is allowing us to do something new for Christmas! I'll share the detai

Romans 12, Parts 2 and 3: Balanced and Beautiful in Christ

The new posts that I wrote for Balanced and Beautiful in Christ are now live on their Facebook page, and here on my new blog site (subscribe there so you don't miss a thing!). It's been a crazy few weeks (ok...are we going on several months now??) but I'm grateful that God had me write (and schedule) these several weeks ago. I pray that the words bless you and draw you closer to Himself.  Blessings, marina

New Stuff...

 Just a short note to remind you that I’m easing off of posting here, and posting MORE over at the new site, MarinaJBromley . Today I happened to have two posts go live (one on my blog, and one over at Balanced and Beautiful in Christ) on Forgiveness.  May you be blessed! M