It seems as though so many things in life are constantly trying to steal our joy. From politics, to work stress, to the craziness of daily life, it can be hard to find the joy in each day.We tend to think that joy is a product of stepping away from life and finding little ways to take a break or enjoy ourselves. Taking breaks can be important, but while doing this can lead to fleeting moments of happiness, it doesn’t lead to joy. The Theology of the Body reminds us that Joy is the fruit of l … [Read more...]
Who doesn't want more joy in their lives? Today on More2Life Radio, we explored what it takes to overcome common obstacles to more joyful living. The short version? You don't have to wait for all the stress and problems in your life to go away before you feel more joyful. Here are three simple things you can do to lead a more joyful life in good times and bad. Retrain your brain for joy--Our brains are naturally wired to give more weight to negative events as a survival str … [Read more...]
Science endorses church attendance?!? Atheists' heads explode in 3...2...1... From the Washington Post A new study suggests that joining a religious group could do more for someone’s “sustained happiness” than other forms of social participation, such as volunteering, playing sports or taking a class. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology by researchers at the London School of Economics and Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands found that the secret to sustained happi … [Read more...]
Be Not Afraid: God’s Plan for The Fulfillment of All Your Deepest (and even Darkest) Desires–REVEALED!
The following is adapted from my forthcoming book, Broken Gods: Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart which looks at the longings that drive our deepest and even darkest desires and how God wants to use those longings to reveal his plan for our ultimate fulfillment. It is available NOW for pre-order!Christians have a complicated relationship with desire. We desire many things, but so often our desires get us into trouble. They can wreck our lives, ruin our rel … [Read more...]
A new study revealed that people's view of what's necessary for happiness has changed significantly since 1938.Researchers found that in 1938 security, knowledge and religion were seen by participants as being the three most important aspects of happiness. In 2014 security was still in the top three, but good humour and leisure were in first and second places.Religion, which was seen as the third most important factor in 1938, had fallen to tenth (and bottom) place in 2015.Another … [Read more...]
We were talking about patience on More2Life Radio today. What it is, what it isn't, and how to get more of it.Patience, of course, is the virtue we all love to hate. We all know we need it, but we sure as heck don't want to ask God to give it to us. And yet, perhaps some of that reluctance is due to the fact that we don't really understand what patience is.Patience---> HappinessPsychologists refer to patience as the ability to delay gratification and we know from research that t … [Read more...]
Celebrate World Happiness Day with 7 Research-Based Ideas to Increase Your Joy! (My Favorite is #4).
The United Nations has declared March 20th to be World Happiness Day where nations are encouraged to explore how well they see to the overall well-being of their people. At the heart of World Happiness Day is the World Happiness Index, that looks at six factors that determine the relative happiness level of a country's citizens; productivity, healthy life expectancy, social connectedness (having people to count on), perceived freedom to make healthy choices, perceived freedom from … [Read more...]
We all know that marriage changes us, but new research in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships looks at exactly how that process happens and the specific changes we can expect to see based on the way we respond to the ups and downs of married life. According to the study, there are 4 ways couples change as a result of their marriage, two of which are positive and two are negative.Positive Marital ChangesSelf-Expansion: Is the tendency to develop new, positive qualities (e. … [Read more...]