Friday, October 24, 2014

The Surprising Science Behind “Supremely Happy” People

Ten things that supremely happy people do:

1. Happy people surround themselves with other happy people. Joy is contagious. People are four times more likely to be happy in the future with happy people around them.

2. Happy people try to be happy. When happy people don’t feel happy, they cultivate a happy thought and smile about it.

3. Happy people spend money more on others than they spend on themselves. Givers experience what scientists call the “helper’s high.”

4. Happy people have deep in-person conversations. Sitting down to talk about what makes a person tick is a good practice for feeling good about life.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

LDS website focuses on porn prevention, recovery | Deseret News

LDS website focuses on porn prevention, recovery | Deseret News: "This isn't the be-all, end-all on dealing with pornography issues and impacts," said Erwin, who was one of the subject matter experts on the website development team. "But for Latter-day Saints who are either dealing with pornography themselves or in their families or as local church leaders, this is a great place to start."

Although he is a trained professional, Erwin makes it clear the website is not "based on scientific evidence or some important therapeutic concept." Rather, he says, "This is based on gospel truth and the healing power of the Savior."

Monday, July 25, 2011


While there are lots of things which can cause stress, they do not affect all people the same. One event may cause one person to totally break down; while the same event is taken in stride by someone else. The events in and of themselves do not cause our internal state of stress, it is the how we process what has happened, our skills in dealing with what has happened, our interpretation of what has happened, plus our own resiliency and self-efficacy.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

15 Stand in Holy Places:

While many things are outside our control, where we stand is almost always within our control. Choosing to stand in the midst of evil, or dangerously close to the edge, is a choice. Standing in Holy Places is always the best, most peaceful, choice.
Standing in Holy Places can be situationaly dependent.  For example, generally speaking, on Sunday, it is in church and in the home, or in the home of someone you are comforting, teaching, and lifting.  It can also be in a hospital room, both as a visitor and a health care provider.

14. Believe Christ:

14. Believe Christ, live the commandments, and teach your children to do the same. It is my testimony that this really is where you will find “safety and peace.” (Children’s Songbook, page 146; Hymns, number 303)
Many people say they believe in Jesus Christ; but make limited or not attempts to learn and do what He says. To Believe Christ is to believe that His really is a better way, though we may not see it at the time.  To Believe Christ is to readjust our vision from the here and now to the eternities.

Believing Christ

"To have faith in Jesus Christ, we must learn to believe his promise of eternal life."  To read the article in the Ensign:

“It is not easy to be at peace in today’s troubled world. Necessarily peace is a personal acquisition. … It can be attained only through maintaining constantly a repentant attitude, seeking forgiveness of sins both large and small, and thus coming ever closer to God.”
Spencer W. Kimball  goodreads