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A true story about why we sabotage ourselves, feel overwhelmed, set aside our dreams, and lack the courage to simply be ourselves...and how to start choosing happiness again!

Are you happy? It may be the wrong question. Most of us think we are relatively happy, while at the same time knowing that we could be happier - maybe even a lot happier. Ordinary people and the finest philosophers have been exploring the question of happiness for thousands of years, and theories abound. But this is not a book of theory. Resisting Happiness is a deeply personal, disarmingly transparent look at why we sabotage our own happiness and what to do about it. 

Are you overwhelmed? Do you procrastinate? Do you sometimes feel like you are your own worst enemy? Are you ignoring your dreams? Have you lost the courage to truly be yourself? Do you feel that your life lacks meaning and purpose? Do you find yourself avoiding the real issues in your life and focusing on the superficial? Do you ever wonder what God has to do with any of this? 

We all experience these feelings and doubts from time to time. But do you know what to do when you experience them? In this fascinating book, Matthew Kelly uses his signature combination of the profound and the practical to help us understand why we feel these things and how to rise above them. 

Breaking through resistance, Kelly tells us, is essential to becoming the person that God created us to be. 

What is resistance? It's that sluggish feeling of not wanting to do something that you know is good for you. It's the inclination to do something that you unabashedly know is not good for you. It's the desire and tendency to delay something you should be doing right now. 

It is resistance that stands between you and happiness. In this audiobook you will learn not only what it is, but how to recognize and conquer it in your own life.

©2016 Matthew Kelly (P)2016 Matthew Kelly

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  • J
  • 01-17-17

excellent read! got some for friends who struggle

the chapter on critics is essential to anyone who is trying to remove the negative forces from their lives and rebuild

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A must read!

Awesome, inspiring, a game changer! Matthew's philosophy as expressed in this book guides you through the simple steps we all can take to win in life while reconnecting with Catholicism in meaningful and very personal ways. I love that it is read by the author himself. Each point come across exactly as intended.

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honest reflection and advice

I would recommend this book to anyone, regardless of faith, background and demographic. I wish I had this book 20 yrs ago.

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This is a hard book to listen to but very important indeed.

I found this book very enlightening and insightful, we all have some type or resistance in some form to overcome. I will listen again and work on improving myself as a Christian of God. I would recommend this book to everyone.

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Life Changer

This is one of those books that has changed my outlook on life. I plan to follow the author's action tips at the end of each chapter in an effort to "stop resisting happiness". I encourage you to take the time to read this book!!

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loved it

thanks Matthew Kelly. This book really does deliver what it promises. But not because I just read it but because it's riding inspired me to make changes in my life. I will recommend this book to anyone at any stage in life.

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Thanks for your work

Thank you Matthew Kelly for being who you are and doing what you do. You are truly having a positive impact on my life. This is the fourth book of yours I have read. All of them have been inspiring and helpful.

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Religion packaged as a panacea.

I was really looking forward to this book. It got great reviews and high ratings. I couldn’t finish it. I’m not against religion, by any means, but I felt tricked into a conversion class. I finally turned it off when he mentioned a letter sent to him requesting prayers for someone’s daughter who had been suicidal. She was seeing a therapist now and “doing better” but she had “turned away from God” and “was questioning her sexuality.” So, she was happier and no longer wanted to hurt herself, but the bigger concern is being agnostic and gay? Ok, then. I gave the book 2 stars, because I didn’t finish it and don’t want to be unfair. If you’re religious, maybe it’ll even help you, but I wanted to write this review for those of us who are mature enough to make our own decisions in life without being tricked into some unwanted conversion. And to the author, if you ever see this. I’m happy for you that religion helped you turn your life around. There are plenty of religious people in this world that don’t need to be tricked into reading your book. Try being honest about yourself and your product, and I’m sure you’ll do just find without the false advertising. Last note: that cover photo seems like a real passive aggressive f u to those looking for useful, possibly empirically validated tools for moving past resistance. Be better than that.

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  • JG
  • 01-11-18

All about God

Within 10 minutes this book became all about God and why you need God in your life. That’s fine for people who are religious, but for people who aren’t, I would have preferred to know this was a religious rather than secular book before I downloaded it.

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Disappointed. Not what I expected.

I believe in God and welcome him into my life. The description of the book did not give any indication that this was the premise of the book.

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  • James
  • 07-05-18

positive, spiritual and practical

The strong Catholic message at first felt jarring as I wasn't expecting it and it reminded me of an extended sermon. Once I settled into it and accepted the message for what it is I found more and more universal truth behind it which I enjoyed and drew many inspiring pieces of wisdom.

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  • Francine Pirola
  • 05-11-18

Spiritual life made simple

Loved hearing this read in Matthews own voice as some of the stories were quite personal. He breaks the spiritual life down into simple achievable steps.

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  • Dean
  • 01-06-17

Resisting Happiness

One of those books where a few key lines land and have the ability to change you if you allow it to.