Resisting Happiness (Paperback)

One Resistance

The alarm clock goes off. It’s time to get out of bed. This is your first decision of the day. Will you get out of bed or hit the snooze button? You press the snooze button and roll over.

What just happened? No big deal, right? Wrong. You just lost the first battle of the day. Resistance just kicked your butt. Resistance has broken your will before you’ve even gotten out of bed. You will most likely be its slave for the rest of the day.

I have been battling resistance my whole life. As we get a little further into this book I think you will discover you have been too. 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, and it’s everything in between. It’s the desire and tendency to delay something you should be doing right now.

Do you ever feel like you are your own worst enemy? Have you ever thought you could accomplish great things if only you weren’t so busy with so many little things? Do you struggle to make decisions with confidence? Are you tired of setting goals and not accomplishing them? Do you procrastinate? Are you afraid to say what you really think and feel? Then this book is for you.

If you’ve ever tried to accomplish anything worthwhile, then you’ve been face-to-face with resistance. You may not have called it by that name in the past, but I suspect you will in the future. It helps to call it by its name. In every moment of every day, resistance is there, waiting to pounce.

The hardest war to win is one you don’t even realize you are fighting, and the hardest enemy to defeat is the one you don’t even know exists. Every day you are at war with resistance.

Make no mistake, resistance is your enemy. It will not quietly go away and leave you alone. You have to slay it like a dragon, and you have to slay it anew each day.

How does resistance manifest? It wears a thousand masks, many of which are so effective we don’t even recognize resistance is behind them. Laziness, procrastination, fear, doubt, instant gratification, self-loathing, indecision, escapism, pride, self-deception, friction, tension, and self-sabotage are just some of the ways resistance manifests its ugly self in our lives and causes us to settle for so much less than God has imagined for us. You cannot become the-best-version-of-yourself unless you wake up every morning ready to slay resistance. It stands between you and the person God created you to be. Resistance stands between you and happiness.

You have to break through resistance in order to accomplish even the smallest tasks. I catch myself in a battle with resistance several times a day.

Here’s a simple example:

I sit down to write, but instead I start checking my e-mail or thinking about what snacks will be required to write something great. This is resistance at work. Sure, I am an accomplished author and have written twenty books that have sold millions of copies, but just like every college student who sits down to write a paper, I will have to slay resistance in order to even get started. The thing about resistance is that it is so simple, so ordinary—and so paralyzing if we are not mindful of it.

This is why most people who start writing a book never finish it. We all know people who are writing a book. I get requests from people all the time to help them get the book they are writing published. They are very keen to speak about the publishing process right now. I always say to them, “Focus first on writing your book. When your manuscript is finished and ready for a professional editor to look at, send me a copy, and then we can talk about publishing options.” More than 95 percent of them I never hear from again. Resistance gets the better of them.

Imagine all the books that are unwritten because of resistance. I wonder if Mozart or Beethoven had an unwritten symphony, or if Picasso and Monet died with their greatest work inside them because of resistance. I wonder how many diseases have not been cured because resistance got between the scientist and the cure. I wonder how many things never got invented because inventors succumbed to resistance. How many men and women didn’t become saints because of resistance? Resistance is a slayer of dreams.

Looking back on today, where did you encounter resistance? It was there, wasn’t it? In fact, if you really sat down and analyzed your day, you would discover that many times throughout the day you were in a tussle with resistance.

We all battle resistance daily: popes and presidents; kings, queens, and the working class; the CEO and the janitor; the rich and the poor; the educated and the uneducated; the young and the old. Nobody gets to escape the battle with resistance.

The first goal of this book is simply to give resistance a name. Once you name it, you see it differently. Things that we cannot name tend to build in mystery and become dangerous. Simply naming, defining, and learning to recognize resistance in the moments of our days causes it to lose most of its power over us. It is no longer a mystery because we have named it.

When aspiring authors contact me for advice, I always ask them a series of questions about their book. One of those questions is: What is the promise of your book? They usually look at me and wonder what on earth I am talking about. But to me, every book makes a promise. A great book delivers on its promise and an average book does not. Learning to overcome resistance is one of life’s essential lessons, and the promise of this book.

The first lesson is that you never defeat resistance once and for all. It is a daily battle.


Resistance stands between you and happiness.


Write down every time you encounter resistance for a week.

Resisting Happiness (Paperback)

by Matthew Kelly

Resisting Happiness (Paperback)

by Matthew Kelly

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About Resisting Happiness (Paperback)

Every single moment is a chance to turn it all around.

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?

Breaking through resistance, Kelly tells us, is essential to becoming the-best-version-of-ourselves and living with passion and purpose.

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 these pages you will learn not only what it is, but how to recognize and conquer it in your own life.

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Author Matthew Kelly

ISBN 978-1942611929

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Life awakening

By Anthony on Saturday, May 16, 2020

This was a wake up call as to how easy it was to fall into complacency. Thinking I had arrived and was doing great in my spiritual life. But, this book by Mr. kelly , set off a couple new alarms in my behavior patterns. Especially , about just getting up 1/2 hour earlier and make prayer more one on one with the Lord. Thank you, Matt, and keep up the good work. God Bless

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This book really hit in and an eye opener to the missing and important ways of living to complete the full circle of life of success and happiness. Author brings a terrific and simple view to how we sabotage simple happiness throughout our whole lives. I was so impressed I passed it along g to sister, mother and friends. This could be the missing link!

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By Lorie on Friday, October 4, 2019

I have read this book over and over several times! I feel that this book is talking to me specifically. It has really made me realize all the times that I have resisted happiness. I think everyone should read this book whether you are Catholic or not. This book would help us all to be the best version of ourselves. And I believe that is something we all need to work on!

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I listened to this cd from a friend who lent me her cd of Resisting Happines by Matthew Kelly. I would like my own cd. It's very interesting to listen to.


By Tiffany on Sunday, February 10, 2019

Believe it or not I found this book shopping in the book section of SAVERS. The minute I opened it and started reading I could not put it down. It usually takes me a month or more to complete a book, I am on the last chapter and I've read it about 3 times in the past week! Wow, did I feel like this book was written for me. It gives wonderful insight to honestly holding yourself accountable and changing your life little by little. The fact that it was written with a Catholic spirit makes it even that more amazing! Thank you

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By Anita Armstrong on Saturday, February 3, 2018

I found I could not put Resisting Happiness down, I am glad I had the time to read it to the end. I would love for all my family to have a copy. I hope I remember the great points that I want to share. I am so grateful.

Life Changing for me

By Carolyn on Friday, December 29, 2017

This book has helped me in areas I had yet to tap into to get closer to God, The Father, The Son and Holy Spirit. Plus, to make things better for my life and to help others.

As a Lutheran and reader of inspirational material, this is one of the best ever! Thank you!

By Rachael Disrud on Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Thank you for bringing this book to the attention of those of us who did not know about it. It is great!

Love this book!

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I love the book and will definitely share/give someone a copy of it!

One of the best books I have ever read

By Victoria on Thursday, October 19, 2017

I strongly recommend it to anyone who feels that their life is not going as it should be. It's easy and interesting to read, and if you put the information to practice it will change you life in ways you cannot even imagine! I wish I had the space here to share how this book influenced my journey & improved my life.

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Outstanding book

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Resisting Happiness

By Lupe on Thursday, October 12, 2017

I have read several of Matthew Kelly's books. Another excellent resource for daily living for continual growth.

Great Read!

By Anonymous on Thursday, September 21, 2017

This book is a great read packed with practical and biblically sound advice. Will definitely be ordering more of Matthew Kelly's other books!

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