The Happiness Dare by Jennifer Dukes Lee: A Book Review and Giveaway!

Who couldn’t use a little more happiness in their lives, right?  That was my thought when I decided to read The Happiness Dare by Jennifer Dukes Lee.

Written from a distinctly Christian perspective, Lee first reminds us that God wants us to be happy.  She shares a bit of her own experience searching for happiness, and then she includes one of the most important elements of the book–The Happiness Style.

You can determine your Happiness Style by either going online and taking a test, or by using the test at the end of the book.  Lee outlines five different happiness types:

The Doer–This type is most happy when they are doing thing and crossing items off the end of their to do list.

The Giver–This type of person derives joy from helping others and giving to them.

The Relater–This person likes to talk to other people and make connections.  At a party, this person would be mingling and socializing with everyone!

The Experiencer–This type yearns to have spontaneous, unplanned adventure.

The Thinker–This person needs time alone to think and process.  This type loves to read books and is sometimes thought of as aloof.

I had my whole family take the test, and the results were interesting.  I came out as a Thinker followed closely by a Doer.  My husband is a Doer followed closely by a Thinker.

Once you find your type, Lee directs you to learn how to be happy, to exercise your happiness muscle, so to speak.

She offers four principles to become better at being happy:

The Principle of Small Daily Gains

The Principle of Good Enough

The Principle of Putting Up Your Dukes

The Principle of the Head-to-Foot Alleluia

Overall, I found this book enlightening.  My mom, I am almost certain, is a relater, and she always pushed me to go out with people, do things, etc., but that just made me tired and miserable.  Once I read this book, I realized that my type, Thinker, is better off going out once in a while and taking time at home to reflect and think.  No wonder I like to read and write so much!  Realizing this is my happiness type made me feel better about my choices.

I’m generally a fairly happy person, but I plan to use Lee’s strategies to make happiness less transient in my life.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

Note: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

The Giveaway

One lucky Mom’s Plans’ reader will receive a copy of The Happiness Dare.  To enter, simply leave a comment stating why you’d like to win this book.

For a second entry, like Mom’s Plans on Pinterest and then leave a comment here that you did so.

This giveaway, which is open to readers 18+ and older, will end on September 8th at 11:59 PST.  The winner will be chosen via


  1. Elizabeth says:

    I would love to read this book! I have been on a mission to enrich my life by thinking outside the box and usually that involves introspective books. The book that started it all for me was 7 by Jen Hatmaker. That was a great book!

  2. Felisha Bryan says:

    With all I have read about the book I feel that it could help me to find a higher level of happiness and further my recovery from past traumas. I feel I need this book in my life

  3. I would love to win this book. Looks like an interesting read and would maybe explain some things that I think would make dear hubby happy that he says don’t matter to him but matter to me.

  4. zekesmom10 says:

    This looks like a terrific book. I want to find out what my happiness muscle is. 🙂

  5. I would love to win this because it looks like it would be a very interesting read. I am very intrigued by this concept.

  6. My word for this year is JOY – I am seeking to show it more because, as a momma of many, I fear to often I don’t show enough joy in my home. I forget that singing on the inside doesn’t help my family at all.
    So definitely looking for ways to show and share more joy!

  7. Rebecca C says:

    I have heard great things about this book, but I just can’t buy it right now. Winning would be great.

  8. Rebecca C says:

    I followed on Pinterest (Rebecca Ivey Collier).

  9. I would love to win this book. And thank you for your great review!

  10. I would like to win this book because it sounds like a great read! I bet I would enjoy it!

  11. I follow you on pinterest 🙂

  12. Kyla Lockwood says:

    I think this book would be great for our family….a way of helping each other find happiness as well as learning what makes each other happy. Strange how sometimes we get caught up in the world and forget about ourselves or those closest to us

  13. With all the stress due to “bad” things happening in the world…it would be refreshing to be able to focus on happiness in life.

  14. It looks like an interesting book. I would like to win so I can have a chance to read it.

  15. I follow on pinterest.

  16. It sounds like an interesting read. I’d love to find out my “happiness type”!

  17. im interested in reading it!

  18. I would like to win this book because I really liked it. I checked it out at the library and read it.

  19. I am following on pinterest

  20. This is the first I’ve heard about this book but I know I struggle with happiness and am always looking for help in improving my life! Sounds like an interesting book!

  21. I follow you on Pinterest (giant sis)

  22. I would love to win this book because I’ve been needing a lot of inspiration lately. This sounds like a wonderful, uplifting book.

  23. I follow on pinterest as wlburro.

  24. I am trying to regain my passion in my life. It has been lost for years and I am doing a lot of reading and soul searching. This book sounds incredible

  25. I would say I’m more of “The Thinker” and I am confident this book will help me discover my happy muscle. I think this new power would make me move forward with a new perspective.

  26. I would love to win this book for a friend who I think sometimes needs a reminder that God loves her and cares for her happiness.

  27. I’d like to read it and add it to my Goodreads list. (I’m on pace for 52 books for 2016… gotta keep finding new good books!)

    I also followed on pinterest.

  28. I would like to win this book because it sounds like a great read!

  29. Chelsey Bennett says:

    I’m working through some depression aND anxiety right now. I’m shifting my focus onto happiness. This book would be perfect for me right now.

  30. I’d love to read this book! I think from time to time we can all lose our happiness in life and could benefit from this book!

  31. As a mom that does things for everyone first, this would be a great gift for me.

  32. I think it sounds like a really interesting book!

  33. I would love to win as I’m always reading books on how to improve myself and my outlook on life. I think this book would really help me a lot.

  34. I follow you on Pinterest (Brittles526)

  35. I think I can apply this book to my life.

  36. I’d like to read this book because I think it sounds both fascinating and informative.

  37. I also follow Mom’s Plans on Pinterest.

  38. Looks enlightening!

  39. Kira Miller says:

    I would love love love to win this book – read it, learn from it and share it to other moms I know! This is an interesting book and will help me have a positive outlook in life

  40. I have a lot of stress going on in my life…as a “Thinker”…I’m always trying to find ways around these unhappy situations. I need to take this Happiness Dare. I need more HAPPY!!!
    Sherri J

  41. I follow Mom’s Plans on Pinterest as Sherri Sav.

  42. I think everyone could use a boost of encouragement and a reminder that happiness is still possible, even in stressful or hard times. I know I could!

  43. I follow Mom’s Plans on pinterest – my pinterest name is msh60

  44. Kendall White says:

    I would love this book because I have struggled with depression and anxiety my whole life. I believe that learning about my type and the people around me’s types might help me to discover some happiness and relax more.

  45. bbybrwneyez34 says:

    I want to win this because it’s an interesting book, and it’s definitely something that I need. bbbneys31 at gmail dot com

  46. bbybrwneyez34 says:

    Following on Pinterest as Shakeia Rieux bbbneys31 at gmail dot com

  47. I would really love to win this book because of how it approaches the topic of happiness and bringing a higher power into the equation. It sounds like great principles to apply.

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