How to Be Happy, Pope Francis-Style

Pope Francis in Argentinian newspaper

What is the recipe for happiness?Argentine journalist Pablo Calvo asked that question of Pope Francis during an audience July 7 at the Domus Sanctae Marthae.  The pope answered amiably, addressing a group of Argentine emigrants and offering ten points.I confess:  I read these pointers in La Croix, the French Catholic newspaper.  That means I read the Pope's pointers in English translated from French which was translated from Spanish.  To simplify all of this, I offer the pointers in my ow … [Read more...]

Maslow’s Hierarchy Revisited—Parenthood’s On Top!

Sometimes you just want to roll your eyes and say “Duh!” A team of researchers at Arizona State University, led by evolutionary psychologist Douglas Kenrick, has noticed that most people really like being parents.  Despite the challenges of child-rearing, Kenrick reported that the warmth, the love, the creativity, the sense of purpose and belonging—all of these factors and more make parenting the most enjoyable of all activities.Kenrick’s team reported this breaking news, which is just a … [Read more...]


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