Finding Happiness

By Lori F. I think if you asked a hundred random people to tell you what they really want out of life, the vast majority of them would say they want happiness. It’s a hot topic these days, generating a lot of research, a lot of books and articles, a lot of opinions. Google can produce nearly 100 million links on the secret to happiness in a third of a second. Happiness: A Choice Contrary to many loud messages from popular culture, and despite what our instincts might tell us, happiness isn’t d...
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How Can I Be Happy?

By Holly T. Someone once told me to put a penny in one of my shoes and for the whole day when I felt the penny in my shoe I should think of one thing I was grateful for. The penny in my shoe was about as irritating as a pebble---at first. But then I remembered the meaning behind it and started thinking of things I was thankful for. It happened more frequently than I thought, and I soon ran out of ideas. But that was when my thinking process changed. I really looked around and started being grat...
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Why Does God Allow Suffering?

By Cherie G. It’s a tough question.  The way I see it, each of us is a student in God’s gigantic classroom.  We’ve each been given an intricate and powerful machine called “eternity”, and we're all here to learn how it works so that one day, we can become like God and create our own worlds and children, just like him. Eternity functions when all eternal laws (i.e. physics, marriage, math, agency, families, etc.) are understood and are being used properly.  Just like the with laws of motion, i...
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Why Bad Things Happen to Good People: Part II – Your Own Actions

For any new readers, or for those of you whose memories are as short as mine, a couple weeks ago I wrote a post introducing a discussion on why bad things happen to good people. In that post I divided the causes of our woes into three exhaustive categories. The first category is our own actions. This may be dissatisfying to some people for a few reasons. First, if the "bad things" are due to our own actions, doesn't that imply that we're not necessarily "good" people? Second, when bad things ...
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