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...]
Be Not Afraid: God’s Plan for The Fulfillment of All Your Deepest (and even Darkest) Desires–REVEALED!
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...]
Proverbs 18:22 says, "He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD." A new study from Rutgers and the University of Michigan proves how true that is!When it comes to a happy marriage, a new Rutgers study finds that the more content the wife is with the long-term union, the happier the husband is with his life no matter how he feels about their nuptials."I think it comes down to the fact that when a wife is satisfied with the marriage she tends to do a lot more … [Read more...]
Everyone knows that having healthy relationships promote well being, but how, exactly do they do that? A new study looks at how, exactly, relationships promote well-being.Yesterday I posted the 5 factors that researchers say constitute thriving; that is, living a deeply satisfying, meaningful, healthy and abundant life. This latest research finds that relationships promote thriving in two important ways. According to the study...The first important function of relationships is to su … [Read more...]
Self-help books (including a couple of my own--see here and here) often talk about thriving versus merely surviving but have you ever wondered what it takes to really thrive?Jesus said, "I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly" and I would argue that he was referring to both eternal life and life in the present. Secular psychologists use the term "thriving" for what Christians might call an "abundant life"--at least this side of Heaven. In fact, researchers have ide … [Read more...]