How to Be Happy: Saint Thomas’ Secret to a Good Life by Matt Fradd

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What brings us real and lasting happiness?

Although just about every marketing firm, self-help guru, and man on the street has an answer, very few, if any, understand true happiness. It doesn’t come from power, pleasure, popularity, or possessions. So what is happiness and how do we find it?

In How to Be Happy, author Matt Fradd relies on the help of St. Thomas Aquinas to show what will—and what won’t—bring us happiness in this life.

By making the thought of Aquinas utterly accessible for today, How to Be Happy is an invaluable guide to a good life.


Matt Fradd is the creator and host of the Pints With Aquinas podcast. He is the author and coauthor of several books including, Does God Exist? A Socratic Dialogue on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas. Matt earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy from Holy Apostles College & Seminary which also awarded him an honorary doctorate. He lives in Steubenville, Ohio, with his wife Cameron and their four kids.




Peter Kreeft


“In a couple of my books, I tried to show that St. Thomas Aquinas is both easy to understand and practical; in this book, Matt Fradd makes him really easy to understand and really practical.”Peter Kreeft, Author of Summa of the SummaA Shorter Summa, and Practical Theology



Matthew Levering


“This book brims with good sense and persuasive reasoning. Every chapter is an instruction manual for how to live well. Yet, what sets this marvelous book apart is its reminder—through Fradd’s stories about his own life—that happiness, in the fullness that we seek, is elusive in this broken world and, besides, we too often find ourselves in a mess. In such circumstances, is the hope of happiness gone? On the contrary, Fradd invites us to throw ourselves upon the greatness of the mercy of God and to discover happiness precisely in the immensity of divine grace. Here we encounter the life of virtue at its source.”Matthew Levering, James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary



Ed Feser


“Even many Catholics probably imagine that the ideas of St. Thomas Aquinas could only be of interest or understandable to theologians, philosophers, and other intellectuals. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Matt Fradd shows. This engaging book conveys the wisdom of the Angelic Doctor in a way that is accessible, practical, and witty.”Edward Feser, Professor of Philosophy, Pasadena City College
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