Today is my Birthday: My Strategy for Having a Happy Life

Today, March 29, is my birthday and I’m grateful to God to be alive. I have been given faith in Christ, a beautiful wife Joy, wonderful children, and a group of godly friends who keep me on track.

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I have found that the secret to happiness is to be verbally grateful every single day. If I feel down, bitter, or discouraged, I can regain my joy by thanking God for what is good.

I have a typed list of “gratitudes to God” that I recite to the Lord every single day. It’s on my phone. I have made a deal with myself THAT I MUST PRAY TO GOD THROUGH THIS LIST EVERY DAY AND PERSONALLY THANK HIM. I usually pray to God through this list in front of the tabernacle at Church. It includes my wife, my house, my children, my friends, and many other small details in my life that you might find silly or stupid. But they mean a lot to me and I feel that I should thank God for them daily.

If you are a reader of this blog, a listener to the podcasts, or a student a the New Saint Thomas Institute, I thank God for you every day and I pray for you every day. Thank you for being a blessing in my life.

If you are a man, I’ve created a “A Man’s 11 Point Checklist for Living the Good Life” which you can download at over at The Maccabee Society. It will give you 11 simple things you can do every day to live a fulfilled and joyful life as a man. Many of them apply to women, but I wrote them specifically for Christian men since they often struggle in life.

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Here are three podcasts I’ve recorded on how to find Joy and Meaning in your life:

Did You Miss God’s Plan for Your Life?

How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 1

How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 2

Have a great day and thank you for being part of my life. I’m grateful for you!

Godspeed,

Taylor

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