Resisting Happiness – by Matthew Kelly Book Review

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Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars

Resisting Happiness is a true story about Matthew Kelly’s discovery of why we sabotage ourselves. Most of the time, we tend to feel overwhelmed, set aside our dreams, and lack the courage to be ourselves. However, in this book, Kelly helps us find out how to stop resisting happiness and start choosing it again. Therefore, I was compelled to review Matthew Kelly’s book.

Believe it or not, I got this book as a gift from a dear friend of mine who is fully aware of my healthy obsession with everything happiness. The minute I opened it, I started reading, and I could not put it down. On average, It takes me a couple of weeks and sometimes more to get to a book I didn’t purchase myself. But this one I read more than three times so far.

It is amazing how I feel that this book, Resisting Happiness, is meant for me. It gives a fascinating insight into honestly, holding yourself accountable, and changing your life little by little. 

I feel that Matthew Kelly is talking to me specifically. He helped me realize all the times that I have resisted happiness. This book would help us all be the best version of ourselves. Won’t you believe that is something we all need to work on! 

Resisting Happiness Asks, Are You Happy?

We often ask ourselves this question. Some even stop wondering about happiness and are just busy with life! But if we recognize that every single moment is an opportunity to turn our life around, we will stop resisting happiness and live life with a more optimistic view. 

I know it is the wrong question to ask. Most of us think we are relatively happy, while at the same time knowing that we could be more satisfied — maybe even a lot more comfortable.

Ordinary people and the most excellent philosophers have been exploring the question of happiness for thousands of years, and theories abound. Nonetheless, this publication is not a book of philosophy.

Resisting Happiness is a deeply personal, disarmingly transparent look at why we sabotage our happiness and what to do about it. 

Resisting Happiness Also Asks

  • 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 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? 

It may be typical for you to experience these feelings and doubts from time to time. However, do you know what to do when you encounter them?

In this fascinating book, Resisting Happiness, 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 says, it is essential to become the-best-version-of-yourself and live with passion and purpose. 

Mathew Kelly Explains “What Is Resistance” 

Resistance is that sluggish feeling of not wanting to do something that you know is good for you. It is the inclination to do something you know is not good for you. It is your desire and tendency to delay something you should be doing right now.

Kelly explains that resistance stands between you and happiness. Hence, in the book pages, you will learn not only what it is, but how to recognize and conquer it in your own life.

“Writing a book that people will read and enjoy is one thing; writing a book that resonates with people is another thing. But writing a book that changes people’s lives is in a completely different realm. That is where I am always shooting for when I sit down to write a book. It is no small feat.”

Matthew Kelly


Resistance is a significant problem, especially when it comes to long-term plans. The best way to start striving against your own resistance is to recognize the impediment. Once you’ve put a name to the obstacle you’re facing, it will be much easier to understand how to resist it.


The book encourages us to realize that every individual on Earth has his struggles can help you achieve your full potential.


Reading can help you recognize that money isn’t the most important thing in life. Books, similar to friends, can keep your enthusiasm up, even when you’re going through something difficult.


It is important to become an active listener to help you find your happiness.


Great friends and learning to enjoy delayed gratification helps you become your best self.


Helping others and ignoring criticism helps you remain focused on your goals.

The Essential Advice in Resisting Happiness

Resistance comes in many forms, it could be procrastination, self-sabotage, laziness, or fear. It can be tricky. Finding true happiness is associated with overcoming resistance. Once you begin defeating these barriers, you’ll be on your way to becoming your best self.

The Book’s Actionable Recommendation

If you were told that you only had the rest of today to live, what would your regrets be? The best action you can take from this book is to write a list of everything you would regret not doing if you died today. This is now your list comprising everything you need to know about your life’s purpose. The items on this list are what you need to achieve if you want to find your genuine happiness.

Resisting Happiness Is An Incredible Read!

What is incredible about Resisting Happiness is that it revolves around a true story. It answers the question about why we sabotage ourselves, feel overwhelmed, set aside our dreams, and lack the courage to be ourselves. The book guides us to start choosing happiness again. Yes! It is our choice.

It is fascinating reading this book, Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly. Kelly himself states in the introduction that this book is the most personal book he has written to date. And I tend to agree with him!

Matthew Kelly opened up and is transparent about his journey, his successes, growth, and failures. He is teaching by example, his example. And what a brave, courageous, and motivating example it is.

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My Take On Resisting Happiness

This book helped me in areas I had yet to tap into and made things better for my life and others around me. I love the book, and I shared it with my family and close friends. Now I am buying a copy to give to someone who I believe will tremendously benefit from reading it. I am sure she will appreciate this gift! 

I strongly recommend it, especially if you feel your life is not going as it should be. The book is easy and exciting to read, and if you put the information to practice, it changes lives in ways you cannot even imagine! 

I read several of Matthew Kelly’s books. This one is another excellent resource for daily living for continual growth. Resisting Happiness is a great read packed with practical sound advice. When you finish reading the book, pass it on to someone you love, they will thank you for it.


  • The book is uplifting
  • It is very insightful and Motivational
  • Very easy read


  • Some may consider it religiously motivated

Audio Forms of Resisting Happiness

If you don’t have time to read or have a long commute, you can enjoy this book by listening to it on cd. I am going to buy my copy of the cd to keep it handy when I need a lift while driving long distances. It’s exciting to listen to it.

More About the book:

Resisting Happiness By Matthew Kelly Back Cover
Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly

About Matthew Kelly, the Author of Resisting Happiness

Matthew Kelly was born in Sydney, Australia. He has dedicated his life to helping people and organizations become the-best-version-of-themselves. He is a New York Times best-selling author, an internationally acclaimed speaker, and a business consultant to some of the world’s largest and most admired companies.

Matthew Kelly is the New York Times bestselling author of The Rhythm of Life and twenty other books. His books have been published in more than twenty-five languages and have sold more than 30 million copies.

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The California-based writer, Mona S., describes herself as a person of concise words with a healthy obsession for everything beautiful about the world of travel, happiness, and wellness. Thanks to her experience as an avid researcher and analyst, she brings a wealth of talent into Life’s Main Essentials.

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