Practice gratitude during Lent

Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl said: “When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.” 
Who are the happiest people you have ever met?  

For me, it’s those who live with a humble sense of gratitude in the midst of finding their lives difficult and yet beautiful and good.  The Apostle Paul said as much when he wrote that godliness with contentment is of great gain.

Frankl spent most of his life studying the mystery of meaning. Essentially his prescription to a meaningful life was simple:
* Find a project that showcases your unique skills and abilities, preferably one that helps others.

* Share your experiences within the context of loving relationships.

* Strive to find the redemptive aspect of your challenges and suffering.
Echoing Frankl’s prescription, University of California psychology professor Sonja Lyubomirsky wrote a great book titled The How of Happiness, where she argues that of all the things that make people happy the world over, regardless of their race or religion, living a life of gratitude always is the number one indicator of happiness.
During this Lenten season Jesus followers take time to consider their own mortality.  For me, a good assignment for self-examination is to make a list for those things for which I most grateful.  No surprise…  My relationships with my family and friends are at the top of my list.   

Indeed, can you imagine anything more important in the world than having a community of people with whom you can share life, knowing that you are safe, loved and accepted?

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