40 Days of Lent has come and gone, along with the associated Resisting Happiness Lent book study. However, the friendships and spiritual learnings will continue on!
Over 70 people attended this book study, sharing in their faith journey, and Resisting Happiness insights.
Hopefully you've had a chance to read the book by now too. But if you find yourself short on time still, you can always learn from the study summary below. We encourage you to review these points periodically, and pass the book along to your friends and family too!
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Here is a recap of the daily videos.
And here's a recap of the daily key points:
Day 1: Resistance stands between you and happiness.
Day 2: Find out what really makes you happy.
Day 3: It is only by placing God at the centre of everything that we can make sense of life.
Day 4: When we resist God we resist happiness.
Day 5: Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle and carrying a heavy load.
Day 6: It's time to start listening to what God is saying to us through our dissatisfaction.
Day 7: Prayer changes everything, and nothing ever really changes until we give daily prayer a place in our lives.
Day 8: These are the four words that embody the Christian challenge: Thy will be done.
Day 9: God wants to bless you with spiritual vitality.
Day 10: It is healthy to reflect on the fact that life is short and we are all going to die.
Day 11: God wants you to be aware of things while they are actually happening.
Day 12: Some things you do help you become the person God created you to be, and some things don't.
Day 13: Every activity can be transformed into prayer.
Day 14: People who regularly read the Bible make better decisions.
Day 15: Wherever you find excellence, you find continuous learning.
Day 16: We keep resisting God even after we are convinced that his way is the best way.
Day 17: Life is always teaching us lessons.
Day 18: When you listen to the prayers of the Mass while thinking about God's dream for you to become the-best-version-of-yourself, you very quickly discover that there is genius in Catholicism.
Day 19: To say we are bored at any moment of our lives is a massive insult to God.
Day 20: The most practical way to improve all our relationships is to continually become a better listener.
Day 21: Habits—good and bad—have an enormous impact on our lives.
Day 22: Life is short. Never waste a day.
Day 23: Our culture is trying to murder truth.
Day 24: We are all hungry for something.
Day 25: We are all struggling with something. Identify your something. Name it. Own it.
Day 26: You cannot succeed at anything unless you are willing to delay gratification.
Day 27: Nobody achieves excellence at anything without spiritual coaching.
Day 28: We all have a great need for forgiveness and healing.
Day 29: We are just passing through this place we call Earth. We are pilgrims.
Day 30: What's your plan? Have you ever really had a plan for spiritual health and growth?
Day 31: Our best friends encourage and challenge us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves.
Day 32: You have the perfect personality and talents to fulfill the mission God is entrusting to you.
Day 33: You were made for mission. Only by serving others in a meaningful way do we truly discover the happiness we yearn for so unrelentingly.
Day 34: Make yourself 100% available to God and incredible things will happen.
Day 35: The critics will always be there, but we need to be careful not to allow their voices too much space in our hearts and minds.
Day 36: Gratitude anchors us to the present moment, reminding us of what matters most and what matters least.
Day 37: Never get discouraged... remember, every moment is a chance to start anew, a chance to turn it all around.