The holiday season is fast approaching. Typically this season includes plenty of traditions, gatherings, and celebrations… along with plenty of busyness, stress, and weariness. Songs tell us it’s the most wonderful time of year, but most of us have at least a few challenges that cause us to question that assertion. Holidays are full of all kinds of things, but it would be disingenuous to say it’s all wonderful, all the time.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson kick off a new miniseries titled Happy, Thankful, People. Each episode of the series includes a special guest who has something specific to share about how we can clear some of the hurdles that come with the holiday season. Barnabas Piper joins this episode to discuss our expectations of seasonal happiness and joy. In Hoping for Happiness: Turning Life’s Most Elusive Feeling into Lasting Reality (The Good Book Company, 2020), Barnabas offers a biblical framework for living a grounded, hopeful, and genuinely happy life—even in the midst of the holiday frenzy and even in a year like 2020. Conversation covers everything from cynicism to expectations to God’s intention for our lives on earth. Key questions related to the discussion include: If we lower our expectations in life will we be happier? Are some people just happier than others due to personality or wiring? Is necessary to pit holiness and happiness against each other? Listen in for dialogue on questions like these as we seek to be happy people this holiday season. Then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

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Barnabas Piper

Hoping for Happiness: Turning Life’s Most Elusive Feeling into Lasting Reality (The Good Book Company)

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Did you enjoy this episode of Persuasion? Give the entire series a listen:

Persuasion 77 | Is a Happy Thanksgiving Even Possible This Year?

Persuasion 29 | Should Women Put on a Happy Face?

Persuasion 94 | Enjoying Life on This Broken Earth

Theme music by Maiden Name.