Two years ago, an unknown mother of two put on a toy Star Wars mask, let out a laugh, and became a superstar.

Her name is Candace Payne, although you may know her as “Chewbacca Mom,” and her viral video remains the most viewed Facebook Live clip in history. Even the YouTube version has more than 11 million views.

After her star rose, Candace revealed that her infectious joy was actually hard-won. She had a past of homelessness, sexual abuse, body image issues, and a suicide attempt–all of which is detailed in her book, “Laugh it Up: Embrace Freedom and Experience Defiant Joy.”

So I decided to have her on the “Seekers and Speakers” podcast to reimagine the word “joy” and talk about her newest book, “Simple Joys: Discovering Wonder in the Everyday.”

Prepare to laugh a little and learn a heckuva lot.

LISTEN and SUBSCRIBE to this episode with Candace Payne by clicking this link.

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Written by Jonathan