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Just read the results of a 75 year study of what makes men happy. The stated goal of the Harvard study was to determine what factors contribute most strongly to human flourishing. See the study report here. For complete details, check out the book that came out of this work, Triumph of Experience.
The seventy-five years and twenty million dollars expended on the Grant Study points to a straightforward five-word conclusion: “Happiness is love. Full stop.” In Triumphs of Experience, Vaillant raises a number of factors more often than others, but the one he refers to most often is the powerful correlation between the warmth of your relationships and your health and happiness in your later years. Those scoring highest with regard to ‘warm relationships’ also earned significantly more money and professional success.
Other Key Findings:
Hear a podcast describing the results:
Nov 20, 2013
After a girl drops a coin into a hat, the man begins to play the bass.......
Harvey Cheatham paraphrasing Alice Bailey
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Meditate on this for two minutes.
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Oct 31, 2013
Wonderful post on tithing from my friend Pastor Ernie Hinohosa.
You may not know that many pastors hate preaching/teaching about financial issues. Not me. Given what the scriptures teach about money, and how we are to relate with money, I LOVE this topic. Here’s why.
Americans are some of the wealthiest people on the planet (by any global standard), yet many of us constantly worry and stress about money. Ironic, don’t you think? Apparently, stressing out about what we will eat, what we will wear, where we will live and so on, is not a new problem. Jesus says in the gospels that our heavenly Father knows we need these things. If we will first seek the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, all of these things will be given to us as well. There are three elements to this process:
1. To seek God’s kingdom, we submit ourselves to the king - God. We do this by returning to God a tithe of our income, which is 10%, and living on the rest. God uses our tithes to resource the kingdom around the world. Via a tithe we put God on the throne and depend on God to be our provider. To do otherwise is to keep ourselves on the throne, which God will permit if we choose. However, we are then responsible for our provision instead of God. That kind of responsibility is bound to lead to stress and fear of the future because bad stuff happens – usually when we don’t expect it. My recommendation? Let God be your provider via the practice of tithing. You will soon wonder why you didn’t do this sooner
2. When we choose to make God our provider we experience peace and confidence in our provision. Why? Because God will ALWAYS provide what we need. Not necessarily all we want, but all we need. There is nothing in our future that our God cannot handle. There are LOTS of things you cannot handle.
3. Seeking God’s kingdom in our finances leads not only to peace in our financial life, but also to a sense of gratitude and contentment with what we have. In other words, we don’t spend time longing for what we do not have. What would your life be like if you, your spouse, your children/grandchildren were genuinely content at the deepest levels? It would change your family tree forever.
Lord, give us grace to trust you as our provider. Thank you in advance for your faithfulness in this and all things. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Will you spend twelve minutes consuming the lessons of a day with Jim Collins. I was in the room with twenty leaders from mega churches around the country consuming the lessons of Good to Great for churches and nonprofits in the social sector. You will spend months and years answering the questions posed here. Find the narrative script along with the slides and links mentioned in the video here.
Oct 18, 2013
Acts of kindness will bring up your happiness.
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