How Happiness Happens

Finding Lasting Joy in a World of Comparison, Disappointment, and Unmet Expectations
Narrated by: Ben Holland, Max Lucado
Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Self Development, How-To
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Includes two audiobook-exclusives: a sermon from Max on how worship can lead to a happy heart and a conversation between Max and narrator Ben Holland!

Are you happy? Do you feel like infectious, contagious happiness is out of reach? Learn the secret to lasting joy that will endure through any season of life!

Don’t let your life be mired by dissatisfaction, discontentment, or disappointment any longer. In How Happiness Happens, Max Lucado shares the unexpected path to a lasting happiness, one that produces reliable joy amidst any life circumstance. Based on the teachings of Jesus and backed by modern research, this audiobook presents a surprising but practical way of living that will change you from the inside out.

Studies show that happy people enjoy higher odds of a strong marriage, lower odds of divorce, and superior work performance. But only one-third of Americans say they are 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, setbacks, 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...[there is] an unexpected door to joy.” 

What are you waiting for? Open the unexpected door to joy and walk in. There’s no better day than today to start your happiest life yet.

Reflection questions are available in the audiobook companion PDF download. 

How Happiness Happens is also available in Spanish. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Max Lucado (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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As Max Lucado states,”People have a way of becoming what you encourage them to be.” This book is a great reminder to me to be even more of an encourager to the people in my life.
Max does a wonderful job of citing both stories from Scripture and stories from everyday life. What a blessing this book has been for me. You too will be blessed by this book and Max’s words. He always seems to be speaking right to you.

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thank you Max


I wasn't sure at first. But on to the second chapter I was so happy but I bought this book. very grateful to Max and everyone that made this book possible. I loved Max's message at the end. I have never heard him preach from the pulpit. thank you Jesus power to push Cigna way through my worship of you

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This book is simply exceptional , treasures in it.

I enjoyed listening every minute. now my wife is listening and I can see her happiness .

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A great book!

Things don’t make you happy. If they do it’s momentary. Happiness is found in the one who gives eternal joy and this book can point you toward Him. Thanks Mr. Lucado!

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Very well written & performed. His message is very encouraging. I enjoyed listening to this book.

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This book makes me...HAPPY!

Great book to listen to. Awesome illustrations and God used it at the perfect time, to tell me what he needed to tell me!

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A very religious book

Maybe I missed it in the description... I wish I had known that this book was so heavy on the religion. There are some great ideas, but too many references to Jesus and the Bible. The stories are a little odd too, it’s hard to know when the author is speaking in advice or story. I returned the book, as I couldn’t get more than a few hours in.

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Great book as usual from Max Lucado. I have a few , he never disappoints

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simple but insightful

This book was great not very long but really helpful in a world where it can be hard to find happiness. the concepts are not mind blowing however the book provides simple actions you can focus on one at a time to improve your overall mood. if you struggle with being Happy I would definitely suggest reading this book.

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Good book

Another max Lucas to help brighter day with God's hope thank you! So very much it's a must read

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  • 01-10-20

Great book

This is a great book I’d recommend it to anyone
Love Max’s’ books. Looking foreward to the next one